Nilufar Kayhani

Sofreh Salamati: Creating A Health Education Intervention for Afghan Refugee Women

I co-created Sofreh Salamati with my sister, a medical student, to address the paucity of knowledge about Afghan women’s health. Sofreh is the Dari (the official language of Afghanistan) term for a spiritual banquet organized exclusively by and for women. They have historically functioned to unite women for social, spiritual, and psychological purposes. Salamati is the Dari term for health and well-being. Thus, Sofreh Salamati is a project intended to unite the traditional healing of social networking that Sofrehs facilitate with culturally sensitive, language concordant health education. Through this initiative, we aim to promote the individual agency of Afghan women through creating a novel health intervention. Our current efforts can be viewed at