Responding to Covid-19 in Afghanistan
According to WHO, about 80% of the Afghanistan population are prone to COVID-19 pandemic with over 200 thousand of them needing critical care. From January 2020 to July 2021, there have been 131,586 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 5,561 deaths. Only around 100 thousand doses of vaccines have been administered as of 6 July 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic is another cruel blow for millions of Afghans already dealing with the constant threat of violence, displacement, food insecurity and poverty. We’re seeing large numbers of people having to make terrible choices between finding a way to feed their families and growing risks of getting sick.
As of June 2021, a new surge of COVID-19 has reached a crisis point as infections and deaths are spiraling out of control, threatening to engulf the country’s fragile health system. Hospital beds are full in many areas across the country and oxygen supplies cannot keep up.Infection rates have skyrocketed by around 2,400 per cent in the past month. Across Afghanistan, 34 per cent of tests returned positive results last week according to government authorities, pointing to many thousands of undiagnosed infections.
The project is aimed at providing diagnostic and preventive COVID-19 services through our tertiary hospital and community based collaborative care networking in Kabul. We are aimed to raise awareness among masses besides enhancing our capacity such as technical training and critical resources to deal with the pandemic effectively.
FMIC is a nonprofit hospital located in Kabul, Afghanistan. It is a product of a four-way unique partnership between Government of Afghanistan, Government of France, French International NGO Lachaine Delespoir and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). For the past 15 years, FMIC has been serving Afghans while focusing on quality services, innovation and building capacities in terms of human resources and technology. FMIC ensures that no patient leaves the hospital untreated due to lack of money. FMIC’s Patient Welfare Program has been in place since the establishment of the hospital and has helped over 600,000 needy patients with services worth over US$ 42 million.
For many patients, even a $10 expense is an obstacle to healthcare. Imagine that just a few dollars contributed by you can help save a life. A donation of $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.
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