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Afghan women took classes in personal hygiene and family planning last month taught by two U.S. medical personnel.

Five women from the towns of Mahmood Raqi and Kohistan in Kapisa province, north of Kabul, were supposed to show up, according to Saifora Kohistani, director of women’s affairs for the Mahmood Raqi District. But word about the June 25 classes spread and women from other places also attended.

"I just didn’t have the heart to turn them away," Kohistani was quoted as saying in a news release issued by Combined Joint Task Force-101.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Melanie Denison, medical noncommissioned officer for the Parwan and Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team, taught women about nutrition and how to take care of themselves without having access to a doctor.

Navy Cmdr. Beth Myhre, Cooperative Medical Assistant Team officer in charge, taught birth control methods.

At the end of the class, bags of personal hygiene items were passed out.

The classes were the first in a series that will continue for the next six months, officials said.


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