Shahla has been working as orthopedic technician at Swedish Committee for Afghanistan’s orthopedic workshop in Mazar-e- Sharif, since 2001.
“I am satisfied, because I am working for persons with physical disabilities, who need our help and support for an improved life,” says Mrs. Shahla.
Shahla is 55 years old. She is married and has four children. Shahla is graduated of Ghazanfar Institute in Balkh in 2006 with the financial support of ICRC through SCA. Before, she was working and learning practically in the orthopedic workshop of SCA in Balkh. Shahla was also attending capacity building trainings conducted by SCA. And has been working in this clinic for more than 13 years.
At the time we entered, the room was very noisy, so many machines were on and Shahla was wearing headphones. She was shaving a foot cast for a child.
“I am shaving casts to blur the sharp parts and make it comfortable for patients. We are making casts for those who cannot move, but with the help of our prepared casts they are able to walk,” says Shahla with a big smile on her face.
Shahla is one of the three women working for orthopedic clinic in Mazar, among many male coworkers.
“I am absolutely comfortable in working with male coworkers, because my aim is to help needy people. We have female patients referring to our clinic. We need to take female patients’ measurement to preparing plasters and casts and, it’s good that I can do that instead of a male doctor,” says Shahla.