Emergency Health Care for Poor Afghan Women

by Creating Hope International (CHI)
Emergency Health Care for Poor Afghan Women

Afghanistan is developing, and support for the private sector is a crucial part of renewing a society that has been devastated by war and civil strife. The Professor Yacoobi Private Hospital is well regarded and people travel great distances to seek treatment there. Afghans can buy some drugs in the marketplace but often these drugs are of low quality. The Yacoobi Hospital is known for providing only the best quality drugs at its pharmacy so people feel confident about the medicine they are receiving.

Drug support is part of the care needed by surgical patients who come to the hospital for treatment. In the last two months, there have been 35 surgeries performed and patients have been happy with the care received and the quality of medicines provided.

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Afghanistan needs a balanced economy and that is why we support the private hospital established Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Founder of the NGO the Afghan Institute of Learning. Private development is crucial to establishing a self-supporting Afghanistan. Dr. Yacoobi believes Afghans want to be responsible for themselves and are not looking for handouts. The people who come to the hospital all pay something, those who can, pay more and subsidize the needy but sometimes there is a funding gap and that is why we need your support to help pay for surgeries for the poor.

In the last 3 months there have been 2,523 treatments at the hospital including, 40 operations. The hospital treats all manner of medical issues from injuries, diseases and pregnancy to prevention and health education.

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The Professor Sakena Yacoobi Private Hospital in Herat treats all patients who come to its doors, even if they cannot afford to pay. The best way for you to understand how important this work is for patients is to hear their own words. Here is Farzana’s experience:

My name is Farzana and I am 24 years old living in Herat city, Afghanistan. I come from a poor family where my husband is a bus-driver for low wages, and we are 3 in my family. After a few years of my marriage, I wasn’t getting pregnant and we thought that this was something that we can’t do anything about. One of my friends told me to get referred to a hospital for an operation.

Though I went to many private hospitals,  I couldn’t do it because of the many expenses that we couldn’t afford to pay and I couldn’t get operated on at the governmental hospitals since they didn’t do such operations.

I was really desperate and hopeless till one of my relatives told me about the Professor Sakena Yaccobi Private Hospital. As soon as I was went there, I was scheduled for an operation and was there for a few days. The hospital didn’t take much money for my operation which has changed my life. After a short time, I got pregnant and I had a boy at that same hospital. Now I am living my life with my family and we are very happy. I sincerely want to thank the doctors of the hospital who are really experts in this work and have a great team around them.

A life changed! Many more experience the same benefits. In the last 3 months, there have been 2,539 patients treated, including 33 births at the hospital.

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Patient and doctor at the private clinic.
Patient and doctor at the private clinic.

Herat city benefits from the excellent medical care available at The Professor Yacoobi Private Hospital. This state of the art facility provides much needed treatment, particularly surgeries to patients who have few medical alternatives. So far in 2014, 160 surgeries were performed with staff continuing to operate a sliding scale for fees.

These surgeries would not have happened without support from donors like you. The hospital accepts fees from patients who can pay and uses these to subsidize the poor patients’ care but this does not go far enough. Additional funding through this project is vital to ensure everyone gets the treatment they need and no one is turned away because they cannot afford to pay. People often travel great distances to reach this facility because of its reputation.

Here is a patient story: “My name is Zarqoona. I am a 22 year old woman with 3 children living 30 km from Herat city. My husband is a worker. I had pregnancy problems after my last birth two years ago. I sometimes had internal bleeding since then and my husband was too poor to pay the expenses of my medical treatment.

My cousin attended a Reproductive health Workshop held by AIL; there she found out about the Professor Sakena Yacoobi clinic, and then she called me to come to this hospital for a free checkup. I was so happy and asked my husband take me to the hospital. The doctors were kind and the equipment very modern. After a checkup, I had to stay in the hospital for two days because my problem was serious. The doctor prescribed me some tablets and syrups. I am completely recovered for a few months now.  

The hospital administration updates equipment whenever possible and recently a portable ultrasound machine was donated and will soon be en route from the USA to Afghanistan. This will help with the necessary diagnostic testing which is performed on site including ultrasounds (655 conducted in 2014). The hospital pays attention to educating its staff and is currently seeking to send one of its doctors to the US for hospital site visits as a continuing education opportunity.

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Reception Area in the Hospital
Reception Area in the Hospital

The Professor Yacoobi Private Hospital in Herat is a valued, high quality medical facility that provides comprehensive services. In the first two months of 2014, there have been 82 surgeries with staff continuing to operate a sliding scale for fees. No one is turned away because they cannot afford to pay.

The hospital provides all the necessary diagnostic testing such as ultrasounds (262 so far this year) and laboratory work (196 this year ). Currently, the administration is researching new equipment such as updated ultrasound equipment, a laser, and laboratory equipment such as a hematological analyzer and a biochemistry analyzer. All of this is needed but full funding has yet to be secured. Doctors have also been gaining further training, including as necessary in foreign countries such as Iran. The hospital is committed to maintaining high quality and up to date services.

One patient had this to say:” “My name is Parisa. I am 18 years old. I had always suffered from kidney pain before seeing one of my relatives who was treated at the Sakena Yacoobi Private Hospital. She advised me to visit this hospital, but I was not sure I could come  because I live in a remote area, called Jaya, and it was difficult for me to get there. Finally I persuaded my father to take me to the hospital. At the end of the day we reached the hospital. The first person I visited in the hospital was the kind woman at reception. She took me to a clean and well equipped room then soon after another woman entered the room. She was the doctor.  She was  good-tempered. After a checkup she prescribed me some pills and syrups. I was there for two days. I felt so fine. I had no more pain. She advised me to take the pills for two months and after two months come for another checkup if I feel any pain. I am good now and I wrote a thank you note for my doctor at the hospital who saved my life.”  

Baby Receiving Care
Baby Receiving Care
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Creating Hope International (CHI)

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Twitter: @sakenafund
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carolyn dunlap
Dearborn, Michigan Afghanistan

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