Oct 20, 2020

FMIC Patient Welfare Update- October 2020

In the year 2021, FMIC will be celebrating 15 years of its services in Afghanistan. One of FMIC’s mission is to enable Afghan patients’ access to an international standard of care, regardless of their ability to pay. FMIC’s high quality and unique services are utilized by patients from all of Afghanistan’s thirty-four provinces. The partners’ and donors’ contributions to FMIC’s patient welfare program and La Chaîne de l’Espoir’s Women and Children’s House ensures that patients with limited means to pay, including the very poorest, have access to FMIC services.

On a regular basis, FMIC receives patients from different parts of Afghanistan. FMIC has so far served over 1.5 million patients from all parts of Afghanistan through its in-patient, out-patient services and diagnostic services. In diagnostics, 4.3 million Laboratory Tests and 0.8 Million Radiology Procedures have been performed thus far. FMIC’s Patient Welfare Programme underwrites the cost of care for people who cannot afford to pay for all or part of their treatment. Given the situation of chronic poverty in Afghanistan, the demands on the Welfare Fund are overwhelming. Since FMIC’s inception in 2006 to date FMIC’s Patient Welfare Program has spent over $39 million so far in providing the medical and surgical care to those in critical need. The patient welfare program follows a standard criterion to assess the needs of patients before awarding the welfare support. 

Nine-year-old Salman (Pseudonym) was suffering shortness of breath, weight loss, extreme jaundice and uncontrolled nasal bleeding. Local hospitals refused to treat him and advised his parents to take him abroad. They borrowed money to do so and took him to a facility in another country, but his condition did not improve. Finally, they took him to FMIC, where he was diagnosed with acute anemia and received appropriate treatment, including blood transfusion and medication. After repeated visits to the hospital, his condition has greatly improved. The patient welfare program extended support to pay his treatment costs.

Sisters Asia, 10, and Seema, 7, (Pseudonyms) are from Baghlan Province. Both were suffering from developmental dislocation of the hip, a condition that can make it painful to walk and leads to osteoarthritis by early adulthood if left untreated. Their travel to Kabul, accommodation at FMIC’s Women’s and Children’s House and surgery were provided at no cost to their families, thanks to the hospital’s Patient Welfare Programme, which makes it possible for low-income patients to get care at FMIC.

These are just few storeis of how FMIC supports patients with complex medical conditions not only by providing them high quality medical care but also extends helping hands to them financially as well. On a daily basis, FMIC ensures that no patient leaves the hospital untreated because of lack of money. For many patients, even a $10 expense is an obstacle to healthcare. Join hands with FMIC and donate now!

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Sep 18, 2020

Project update - September 2020

While the fear of Covid-19 pandemic still remains intact; FMIC continues to provide its high quality healthcare services to the people of Afghanistan. The main hospital was kept as a safe haven for general patients whereas dedicated Covid-19 testing and treatment centres were established to provide services. It is pertinent to mention that at the Covid-19 treatment centre in FMIC; not a single staff was infected merely due to high level of compliance with the protocols and proper use of PPEs. The continuity of regular services at the main hospital was a ray of hope for patients coming from different provinces of Afghanistan. It is also important to note that at FMIC we receive highly complicated cases such as in women and children section, we mainly receive such cases which cannot be handled in local hospitals at the provincial level. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is one such facility which is in fact the first ever NICU in the country in place since 2016.

FMIC has so far served over 1.5 million patients from all parts of Afghanistan through its in-patient and out-patient services. In diagnostics, 4.3 million Laboratory Tests and 0.8 Million Radiology Procedures have been performed thus far. FMIC’s Patient Welfare Programme underwrites the cost of care for people who cannot afford to pay for all or part of their treatment. During the year 2019 alone, 42,598 patients were supported through patient welfare program with a financial contribution of US$ 2.3M by FMIC. Since FMIC’s inception in 2006 to date FMIC’s Patient Welfare Program has spent over $39 million so far in providing the medical and surgical care to those in critical need.

We are highly grateful to the generosity of our donors for their support to the patient welfare which ultimately helps us serve the most deserving and deprived segments of the society. 

Envision a child or mother suffering from life-threatening diseases in an impoverished and war-affected zone. Imagine that just a few dollars contributed by you can help save lives and improve quality of life for many. For example, $10 will pay for an initial visit to a doctor, $15 will pay for one-night stay of a patient in general ward, $65 will pay for one night stay of a patient in the Intensive Care Unit.  We do appreciate your continued support and cooperation!  

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Jul 24, 2020

FMIC stands a ray of hope for Afghans!

Opening of Covid-19 testing center at FMIC
Opening of Covid-19 testing center at FMIC

As part of its covid-19 response FMIC has been closely working with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and other partner organizations to train frontline healthcare workers in infection prevention and control, and clinical knowledge and practice. FMIC also collaborated with MoPH and WHO-Afghanistan in performing free PCR based Covid-91 tests for samples referred by MoPH. For the hospital team; patients, visitors and communities at large, FMIC developed a range of resources including posters, audio-visual aids, SMSs and social media posts in local languages to raise awareness about the pandemic and precautionary measures to flatten the curve.

We are encountering unprecedented situations in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the context of Afghanistan, the circumstances are even more challenging due to four decades of continuous conflict, unrest and uncertainties. Healthcare system in Afghanistan is highly fragile and its capacity to deal with a pandemic of this scale is very limited. When it comes to tertiary healthcare, the challenges are even bigger and more daunting. For the last fourteen years, FMIC stands as a ray of hope and safe haven for patients coming from different provinces of Afghanistan. Due to the lockdown situations in the last few months, a number of patients have found it hard to access the hospital; yet in a desperate situation FMIC remains a hospital of choice owing to its state of art technology, highly qualified doctors and dedicated healthcare professionals.

Despite many challenges, FMIC has achieved remarkable success over the past 14 years. In 2009, it became the first hospital in Afghanistan to be ISO certified whereas the first open heart surgery was performed by indigenous doctors at FMIC in 2010. Since 2011 it has annually sponsored an international scientific conference as well as a quality and patient safety convention, both of which showcase Afghan health professionals’ high capacity for critical thinking. The Post Graduate Medical Education Program (PGME) is a flagship program of FMIC established in 2012, with the support of the Aga Khan University (AKU) and Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). The programme has so far graduated 57 physician specialists whereas 25 are currently enrolled in three to five-year programmes in eight disciplines. Five of those programmes – such as anaesthesiology, cardiac surgery, cardiology, pathology and radiology – are not offered anywhere else in Afghanistan. Moreover, healthcare access to patients in remotest areas for tele-consultation and training of human resources has been ensured through eHealth program since 2007.

FMIC has so far served over 1.39 million patients from all parts of Afghanistan through its in-patient and out-patient services. In diagnostics, 4.1 million Laboratory Tests and 0.73 Million Radiology Procedures have been performed thus far. FMIC’s Patient Welfare Programme underwrites the cost of care for people who cannot afford to pay for all or part of their treatment. During the year 2019 alone, 42,598 patients were supported through patient welfare program with a financial contribution of US$ 2.3M by FMIC. Since FMIC’s inception in 2006 to date FMIC’s Patient Welfare Program has spent over $39 million so far in providing the medical and surgical care to those in critical need.

We are highly grateful to the generosity of our donors for their support to the patient welfare which ultimately helps us serve the most deserving and deprived segments of the society. 

Envision a child or mother suffering from life-threatening diseases in an impoverished and war-affected zone. Imagine that just a few dollars contributed by you can help save lives and improve quality of life for many. For example, $10 will pay for an initial visit to a doctor, $15 will pay for one-night stay of a patient in general ward, $65 will pay for one night stay of a patient in the Intensive Care Unit.  We do appreciate your continued support and cooperation!  

PCR based testing facility at FMIC
PCR based testing facility at FMIC
MoPH Nurses getting training on Covid-19
MoPH Nurses getting training on Covid-19
Front-line healthcare workers trained at FMIC
Front-line healthcare workers trained at FMIC

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