Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:57 am Post subject: Afghanistan's first open heart operation
Afghanistan's first open heart operation gives little Elaha new life
Thirteen year old Afghan girl Elaha is attended by her mother Najeeba in a French Medical Institute for Children hospital in Kabul. Elaha had been given only a few years to live before she underwent the first open heart operation in the history of Afghanistan on Monday.
Enfants Afghans is responsible for all medical aspects of the programme while its direction, operation and a large part of its financing has since the start of the year been carried out by the Aga Khan foundation. — AFP
Posted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 6:10 am Post subject: More on Enfants Afghans & AKF
The beautiful institute was in danger of becoming an empty shell because, after eight million euros (9.8 million dollars) was spent on its construction and equipment, there was not enough money for the monthly overheads of about 120,000 dollars.
After long negotiations and a detailed feasibility study, the Aga Khan foundation headed by the wealthy spiritual head of the Ismaeli community came to the rescue. Now all medical aspects of the institute remain under French responsibility, but the management is handled by the Aga Khan.
With this comes the Aga Khan philosophy: every patient must contribute to the cost of their treatment, in part to ensure the long-term viability of the project. ."The concept is we provide the care with dignity -- we don't want to make them think we are getting it as a charity," says financial director Karim Kassimali, an Aga Khan employee.
An elaborate system, that includes an interview, has been put in place to determine how much each patient can afford. .The institute is also going to launch a fund, to which Aga Khan will contribute, to help cover the costs of the most poor, with most Afghans living on less than two dollars a day. — AFP
The wife of French President Jacques Chirac arrived in Afghanistan 's capital on Friday, an Afghan official said. Bernadette Chirac will on Saturday inaugurate a medical clinic set up in Kabul by the French government with the help of the Aga Khan Foundation, a non-profit development agency, said Khalieeq Ahmad, deputy spokesman for President Hamid Karzai
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