Dec 2, 2019

FMIC Patient Welfare Program-December 2019 Update

Greetings from the French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC)!

Afghanistan has since long remained a fragile country with incessant clashes, hostilities and insurgencies. Coupled with the major issues of insecurity and instability, the people of Afghanistan are challenged by numerous other issues such as poverty, food insecurity, natural disasters, illiteracy and gender discrimination, to name a few. There are weak systems for social services such as housing, education and health. Afghanistan is a landlocked country, mostly with mountainous terrain; hence, access to basic health facilities is one of the biggest challenges, let alone quality healthcare. Families living in the far flung mountain areas find it very challenging to reach a basic health unit. Reaching hospitals in distant city areas is a privilege for most of the Afghanis living in high mountain valleys with no wherewithal to reach health facilities. Lack of awareness about health is yet another big challenge. That is why people consider a hospital as the last resort to cure serious illness. Poverty is a chronic issue facing a majority of the people in Afghanistan. Additionally, the population is growing due to repatriation of Afghan refugees from neighboring countries.

In such circumstances, the presence of French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) is a ray of hope. FMIC is a non-profit tertiary teaching hospital based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Since its establishment in 2006, FMIC has been providing quality in-patient, out-patient and diagnostic services to the Afghans initially with special focus on children and mothers and now serving adults as well. Cognizant of the local circumstances and impoverished condition of the many Afghans, FMIC has also established a Patient Welfare Program (PWP) to ensure its unique and international-standard services are available to mothers and children from all across Afghanistan, regardless of their ability to pay.

To date, millions of Afghan patients have benefited from FMIC’s high quality care. 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. From June 2019 to date, 10,664 patients were supported through patient welfare program and the total amount paid was US$ 0.5M. Since FMIC’s inception in 2006 to date; a total of 535,654 patients, from all over Afghanistan, have been supported with patient welfare funds of which 483,840 were outpatient (clinics, radiology and laboratory) whereas, 51,814 were inpatient. As a whole, FMIC’s Patient Welfare Program has spent US$ 38.1 million so far in providing the medical and surgical care to those in need.

The support of caring philanthropists is sought for this noble cause. Envision a child or mother suffering from life-threatening diseases in an impoverished and war-affected village. Imagine that just a few dollars from your pocket can save lives and improve the quality of life for so 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 critical condition in ICU and $3000 will pay for an open heart surgery of a child born with heart defect in Afghanistan. We do appreciate your support and cooperation!

 Thank you for your support!

Please follow the link below to make your generous contribution.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-premature-babies-in-afghanistan-to-survive/

For stories about FMIC patients, please visit the following Link:

https://www.fmic.org.af/Giving/PatientStory/Pages/default.aspx

Sep 4, 2019

FMIC Patient Welfare Program - September 2019 Update

Greetings from the French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC)!

Since 2006, FMIC has served over 5 Million patients providing a wide array of services to the people of Afghanistan. Ranging from in-patient and out-patient services to complicated surgeries and high-tech diagnostic services; FMIC has made a difference in the lives of Afghans living in very uncertain and turbulent circumstances. The evolution of FMIC from a children’s hospital to an-all-inclusive healthcare facility in 13 years speaks volumes about its growth and impacts.  With the availability of 169 beds, modern facilities and above all, well-trained human resources, FMIC has emerged as a hospital of choice for people from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. With all its unique services and impact on the lives of the community, FMIC has proven to be a success story of Afghanistan’s reconstruction process not only by offering high quality services but also by adopting an inclusive approach to service delivery through its projects and programs.   

As a non-profit institution, FMIC envisions to be a leading institute of excellence and innovation in healthcare, research and education, providing exemplary, safe, comprehensive, accessible, sustainable services to Afghanistan and surrounding regions, while positively impacting the lives of patients and all others whom it serves.  From the accessibility standpoint, FMIC’s Patient Welfare Program (PWP) is in place to ensure that its unique and high-quality services are available to patients from all across Afghanistan, regardless of their ability to pay. 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 till the end of June 2019; a total of 524,990 patients, from all over Afghanistan, have been treated with patient welfare funds of which 474,325 were outpatient (clinics, radiology and laboratory) whereas, 50,665 were inpatient. As a whole, FMIC’s Patient Welfare Program has spent US$ 37.4 million so far in providing the medical and surgical care to those in need.

Given the situation of chronic poverty in Afghanistan, the demands of the Welfare Funds are overwhelming. Annually, the programme serves patients from all the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. Funds for the Patient Welfare are contributed by FMIC partners, i.e. Governments of Afghanistan and France, AKDN and, La Chaîne de l’Espoir. From the GlobalGiving platform, we have received a contribution of USD 8,000, which has been helpful in providing subsidized treatment of high quality to patients with a humble background, mainly children from different parts of Afghanistan. Despite all those contributions, there are still funding gaps given the growing demand from our beneficiaries travelling all the way from different corners of Afghanistan to FMIC as a last resort.

We are grateful to our generous donors who send their contribution through GlobalGiving, yet our needs are rising. To fulfil our needs for 2019 and bridge the funding gaps, the support of caring philanthropists is sought. Let us join hands for this noble cause of saving lives. Envision a child or mother suffering from a life-threatening disease in an impoverished and war-affected village. Imagine that just a few dollars from your pocket can save lives and improve the quality of life for so 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 critical condition in ICU and $3000 will pay for an open heart surgery of a child born with heart defect in Afghanistan.  Therefore, let us join forces together to save lives and change the fate of individuals/families in one of the most fragile states on the globe. Remember, you are not giving to us rather you are giving through us!

 

Thank you for your support!

Please follow the link below to make your generous contribution.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-premature-babies-in-afghanistan-to-survive/

For stories about FMIC patients, please visit the following Link:

https://www.fmic.org.af/Giving/PatientStory/Pages/default.aspx

Aug 7, 2019

Final Report- Be the ray of hope

We operate in an uncertain environment and our patients come from different provinces of Afghanistan. Most of such patients are in dire need of support to get their treatment done at French Medical Instiute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) which is known for high quality healthcare.

 This project i.e. "Be the ray of hope for patients in dire need" was aimed at supporting some specific needy patients for their treatment at FMIC. We were expecting our valued donors to make contribution towards this cause however, somehow we could not get a proper attention and we were able to get only USD 20 against a target of USD 7300. Said that we are now closing this project as it was specific. However, we still have an active project named Health Access to the Poor in Afghanistan (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-premature-babies-in-afghanistan-to-survive/) 

We look forward to the geneours support of our valubale donors and philanthropists around the globe.  

 
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