Anabah Maternity Centre in the Panshir Valley, Afghanistan.
This is the only specialised and completely free facility in a very large area of ​​the valley. It was created to provide gynaecological and obstetric care to women and their children, in a country where maternal and child mortality rates are among the worst in the world.

Pupa has supported the centre by contributing to its construction and to the costs of maintaining the surgical block, which has enabled the level of assistance and care to be improved. Today the new facility capacity guarantees 7,000 deliveries per year as well as related gynaecological and neonatal services. 

The facility’s important role is not solely limited to health care: it is also a training centre for Afghan staff, made up of women who work alongside the international team every day.

The Anabah Hospital has been recognised by the Government as a national training centre specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, becoming a symbol of female empowerment.

Pupa and Emergency, working together for the rights of women and their children.

274,000 women treated
46,000 children born since 2009
500 births a month
98 women employed in the centre, of whom 40 are Afghan


All over the world, women and girls face discrimination and violence because of their gender. The problems and dangers they face only increase in situations of conflict or as refugees. Even when they reach safety, displaced women and female refugees face greater challenges than men. 

Refugee girls and women are a priority for the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, which has been able to count on Pupa’s support since 2017 in order to ensure that needs such as access to education (in emergencies, girls are twice as likely as boys not to go to school), health services, vocational training and helping small businesses to gain economic independence are met.

In Yemen, for example, PUPA’s support helps thousands of girls and women every year. In the first eight months of 2020, in part thanks to PUPA, the UNHCR guaranteed:

- assistance from psychologists and social and legal workers who reached over 500,000 women
- the provision of 55 Safe Houses to escape domestic violence
- life-saving services, including health facilities, to over 220,000 people.

Considering the very high percentage of mothers (or future mothers), it was natural for the company to think of a project that would help them in the arduous task of reconciling work and motherhood. The structure, located in a totally independent wing of the company and surrounded by a garden with facilities, will accommodate 15 children from the ages of 3 months to 3 years. The curriculum has been entrusted to a local nursery school that has been operating in the area for years and already manages another facility in the municipality. This is also why some places are reserved for children from outside.

Games, books, music. Gentle, relaxing colours in the sleeping area and fun and lively in the play areas: everything at the Piri Piri nursery is designed for the little ones because this is their space!