Oct 30, 2020

Reaching the unreached- FMIC Patient Welfare Prog.

The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children is the product of a unique four-party international partnership that includes the Governments of Afghanistan and France, the Aga Khan University (an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network), and the French humanitarian organization La Chaîne de l’Espoir.


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.  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. 

There are numerous stories of our patients who have benefited from the world class services of FMIC at their doorstep. One of such stories is that of Natasha (Pseudonym). Natasha was 14 when she began to experience stomach pain and fainting spells. Her parents took her to several hospitals, but to no avail. They were on the verge of taking her abroad for treatment when friends advised them to visit FMIC. There, doctors diagnosed Natasha with a large cystic mass in her abdomen. A day after FMIC’s paediatric surgeons removed the 5 kg (11 lb) mass from Natasha’s stomach, she was discharged from the hospital and returned home. She is now in good health and excited to attend school again. Natasha is just one of the many Afghans whom FMIC has saved from the trouble, stress and expense of seeking treatment abroad.

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. 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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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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