Afghan Family Guidance Association (AFGA) is one of the oldest non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan. AFGA was set up in 1968, with the aim of providing families, women specially, with sexual and reproductive health counselling and contraceptives. As the country was engulfed by the civil war, AFGA had to cease its activities temporarily, reopening in 2002. In the post-Taliban Afghanistan, AFGA worked alongside the Ministry of Public Health, delivering reproductive and sexual health counselling and services to the Afghan people. Additionally, the organization initiated and implemented activities that empowered women and youth to learn more about and take decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health.
The organization’s structure continues to be volunteer based. Each year the General Assembly, consisting of volunteers from all walks of life and all ages, gather together and take key decisions effecting the organization’s direction. Every three years a 9-person gender balanced board is elected. Under the board’s direction, the executive team comprising of skilled healthcare and administrative staff run the organization on a day to day basis.
AFGA is a member association of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). This gives AFGA the access to its core funding from the IPPF, as well as obtaining technical support and collaboration opportunities from the network of IPPF member associations in South Asia region and beyond.
AFGA is based in its own custom-made three-story building – complete with large grounds, parking and standardized medical storage – in the West of Kabul.