The profits of our latest concert will go towards a project to train doctors in high quality obstetric care, based at the Cure International Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

This page gives an outline of the project; click on any of the images to view a larger version.

Photo: Safely born baby

The project director holds a safely born baby

Photo: Mountain Ambulance

Mountain Ambulance

Pregnancy is dangerous in Afghanistan

Women who run into difficulty in labour may have to travel for days across remote mountainous terrain carried on stretchers by their menfolk to reach medical help. It is often too late.

One in 17 mothers in Afghanistan dies trying to give birth (compared with 1 in 10,000 in the UK).

Shortage of trained doctors and nurses

Following decades of occupation and war, the Afghan health system is in tatters. There is only 1 doctor for every 10,000 people. The medical director of the Cure International Hospital in Kabul and an Afghani obstetrician have set up a 1-year training course in high quality obstetric care. The doctors who join this course will work in remote areas of the country and when trained will take part in training other doctors creating an ever-expanding workforce.

Photo: First Trainees

The First Trainees

Connection with the Conchord Singers

The medical director of the hospital, Jaqui Hill, is a former colleague of two members of the choir, who are aiming to raise 6,000 in their workplace to put at least one doctor through the training course.

Photo: Women in Burkhas

Women in Burkhas