The Afghanistan National Public Health Association (ANPHA) launched “Say No to Plastic Bags” campaign on April 3r 2013. The goal of the campaign was to raise the awareness of the Afghan population regarding the health and environmental impact of the use of plastic bags.
At the opening ceremony for the campaign, Dr. Abdul Alim Atarud, President of ANPHA talked about the goals and objectives of the campaign. Dr. Atarud stated that the use of plastic bags has a negative impacts on the health of human being and the environment in general. He advocated t for s regulations on the r use of plastic bags, especially for carrying hot food. He emphasized that the use of cloth bags will ensure a better environment. Dr. Atarud thanked the leadership of MoPH for their support and for considering the policy level recommendations of ANPHA in public health issues affecting thef Afghanistan health sector.
The campaign was officially inaugurated by Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health where she stated her appreciation of the efforts of ANPHA in raising public awareness of public health issues. Minister Dalil encouraged the public to use cloth made bags instead of plastic bags for carrying goods, especially hot food and bread.
In the last part of the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Shafiq Mirzazada, Vice President of ANPHA, talked about the negative impacts of plastic bags on human health and the environment. Dr. Mirzazada stated that the absorption of plastic in soil takes several hundred years which eventually has negative impacts on the health of human beings, plants and animals.
At the end of the ceremony, ANPHA members distributed cloth bags with the message of “plastic bags pollutes your environment, but I do not” to the leadership of Ministry of Public Health, participants and the public audience.. In addition, ANPHA members targeted local bakeries to raise their awareness about the harmful effects of plastic bags and encouraged them not to use plastic bags when selling bread to the public. I Cloth bags and , brochures were also distributed to the public and billboards were displayed in various part of the City.