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!