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FMIC Celebrates 10th Year of Saving Lives In Afghanistan

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Sunday, November 06, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) celebrated its 10th anniversary at a ceremony on Thursday (November 3rd), marking a decade of easing a nearly 800,000 patients with quality products across Afghanistan.
FMIC is the first hospital to perform open and closed pediatric heart surgeries in Afghanistan and built a reputation as the country’s foremost children’s hospital. “It’s the spirit of innovation and collaboration – the relentless drive to push the boundaries of what’s possible – that has made FMIC one of the leading hospitals in Afghanistan,” said chief guest Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health, as quoted in a press release issued by FMIC press office.
During the ceremony, congratulatory messages of the Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and the first lady Rula Ghani were read-out by Dr. Habiba Sarabi, Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive on Women and Youth Affairs and Zohra Yousuf from the office of the first lady.
“FMIC’s 10th anniversary gives the four partners an opportunity to pause and reflect on the significant impact the hospital has had on the country’s healthcare system,” said the Chairman of FMIC’s Provisional Operating Committee Lee Hilling, who recently published a book on FMIC, A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children’s Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It. “It appears in the way we care for patients, the way we treat illnesses, the community we serve, and the future leaders we train,” he added.
“Since it opened its doors in 2006, FMIC has offered new hope to children by providing treatment previously only available abroad, achieving a number of firsts in the process,” said François Richier, Ambassador of France to Afghanistan. To date more than 2,300 children have undergone cardiac surgery at the hospital, and in 2015 FMIC began to perform adult heart surgery. Last year, FMIC became the first hospital in the country to successfully operate on and separate conjoined twins with an all-Afghan team. According to the press release, over the next few days, there will be several events to showcase FMIC’s role in advancing quality in healthcare systems and medical education. These include a Quality and Patient Safety conference, and the opening of a separate clinic area for adults in specific much needed specialties, a step towards FMIC’s eventual transformation into a tertiary care hospital.  La Chaine de L’Espoir Children’s Pavilion, a home for sick children being treated at FMIC and their families, will also be inaugurated.
“The hospital’s impact extends far beyond Kabul. Its e-health system allows hospitals serving Bamyan, Badakhshan and Kandahar provinces to consult with FMIC. So far over 20,000 patients have benefited from these tele-consultations,” the press release added, saying FMIC is committed to serving the country’s poorest through its welfare problem. To date it has provided care worth more than US$ 25 million without charge to patients who could not afford it. The celebratory event was attended by ministers, government representatives, diplomats, members of donor agencies and civil society, heads of Aga Khan Development Network agencies and FMIC staff members.

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