The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) works to build a sustainable health system for Afghanistan at all levels from basic rural healthcare to tertiary level hospital services. Working with partners, e-health and telemedicine are innovative health interventions which can work in the country despite the ongoing security and access problems. Global Health TV visits the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul to see how AKDN is providing remote training for staff and remote services for patients.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 Kabul (BIA) An agreement worth $104 million was signed on Tuesday here in Kabul between Afghan ministry of health, Agha Khan Foundation and HN-TPO for training Afghan female nurses the in provinces.
An agreement worth $104 million was signed on Tuesday here in Kabul between Afghan ministry of health, Agha Khan Foundation and HN-TPO for training Afghan female nurses the in provinces. After signing the agreement, Suraya Dalil, acting minister of public health in a news conference related to launching the first nursing program said, “According to the agreement, four countrywide nurse training centers are to be set up in Samangan, Bamyan, Nangarhar and Khost provinces. Dalil said Afghan ministry of public health has newly launched a new female nursing program which is similar to midwife training program in the country. She said by launching such program in remote areas of the country, access of women and children to health services will increase. Implementation of the program is so effective in the country, Dalil added and said after her ministry was provided the fund by Global Fund, the ministry then took effective step toward launching female nursing program and holding learning programs for 300 female nurses in two phases in eight provinces of the country. Dr. Dalil further said, “Today we witness of signing the first phase of the program worth 104 million Afs with Agha Khan Foundation and Health Net-TPO”. She said the organization are tasked to implement the program by setting up four training schools and training 150 female nurses in Samangan, Bamyan, Nangarhar and Khost provinces. The first phase will be ended in 28 months, she said. Dalil added the second phase then will be launched in Logar, Ghor, Jawzjan and Kandahar provinces where 150 female nurses will receive training. The program launched amid Afghan ministry of Public Health is facing with lack of 7000 doctors and 20,000 nurses, midwives and health workers. Currently 23.5% of all employees at Afghan Ministry of Public Health are females and 27% of the nurses are female. It is worth mentioning that from 11 women, one loses her life due to various diseases in the country. In 30 minutes, one mother loses her life. Therefore, training of female nurses and presence of midwives and nurses can help cut down maternity in Afghan provinces.
A project to provide electricity to 750 homes and 500 business in Afghanistan’s central province of Bamiyan was recently announced, according to a report today from Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN). The project includes the installation of two generators that will produce 1200 kilowatts of electricity. Habiba Sarobi, the governor of the province told PAN that the funding for the million-dollar project will come from the Norwegian government and a private company known as the Kabul Group. According to the report, the Agha Khan Development Network will implement the project. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
Saturday September 17, 2011
3rd Silk Road festival marked in Bamyan 2011-09-17 14:02
Wakht News Agency
Third festival for Silkway was held through a grand ceremony among the great pleasure and cheers from the youths in central Bamyan province, an official said on Sunday.
The ceremony attended by thousands of the province residents, senior local government officials and representatives of the internal and foreign institutions had been started in late Thursday and would continue for the next three days in the Bamyan centre, national park of Band-e-Amir and Yakawlang district, said manager for the chamber of commerce and industries, Akbar Amiri.
Different issues such as keeping the local culture of the province alive, attraction of the tourists and introducing the local products to the world had formed the main programs of ceremony, Amiri said.
According to him, the main programs of the festival included local music, local games, displaying theater, sports matches, visiting recreational sites and exhibition of local handicrafts and products.
The main organizer of the festival was a joint board consisted of provincial department of culture and information, department of chamber of commerce, municipality and Bamyan Ecotourism and sponsored by the Agha Khan Development Network (AKDN).
This is worth mentioning that the festival is held with the financial cooperation of AKDN since the last 3 years in Bamayan province.
Report: Kanishka Zahak
Edit: F. Akhgar
Herat, Badghis Local Music CDs Submitted To Ministry Of Culture And Information
Monday, October 03, 2011 Kabul (BIA) Local music CDs and DVDs of Herat and Badghis provided by cultural section of Agha Khan Foundation submitted on Sunday to Umar Sultan, acting deputy minister for information and culture.
Local music CDs and DVDs of Herat and Badghis provided by cultural section of Agha Khan Foundation submitted on Sunday to Umar Sultan, acting deputy minister for information and culture. The second phase of the folklore local music was held by Agha Khan Foundation in Herat and Badghis provinces and real and unrecorded Afghan music have been recorded and registered in the provinces and its packs were submitted to Afghan ministry of information and culture. Umar Sultan, acting deputy minister of the ministry appreciated Agha Khan Foundation for its cooperation in this regard and said introducing of the music will help Afghan new generation in vitalizing the Afghan local music in the country.
Wednesday October 5, 2011
France donates 5.7 million euros in mother, child health program in Badakhshan 2011-10-05 12:16
Kabul – (Oct. 5)
Wakht News Agency
French government donated 5.7 million euros in maternal and child health development program in the northeast Badakhshan province, the ministry of public health said in a statement.
Deputy Health Minister, Nadera Hayat Borhani signed the agreement with the French ambassador to Kabul, calling it an important step toward the prevention of pregnant women and babies’ death in the remote Badakhshan
Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is planned to implement the program.
French ambassador to Kabul Bernard Bajolet assured his country’s continual assistance with the Afghan government and people.
The program is due to facilitate training courses for the female health workers, establishment of nursing and midwife education institutes in the province.
France Provides 5.7 Million Euros for Health Services in Badakhshan
Government of Afghanistan
Dr. Nadira Hayat Borhani, Deputy Minister of Public Health signed a contract with French ambassador to Afghanistan And representative of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) on Tuesday.
In accordance the contract, French government provided 5.7 million euros in implementing of improving Maternal and Child health program in Badakhshan province. This program would be implemented by Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) over three years.
Addressing the signing ceremony, Dr. Nadira Hayat Borhani appreciated the financial support of French government, calling the implementation of this program very important in improving maternal and child health in Badakhshan.
Likewise, French ambassador to Afghanistan Mr. Bernard BAJOLET assured the long-term support and cooperation of his country to the government and people of Afghanistan, emphasizing on strengthening the good relation between the two countries.
Meanwhile, in the occasion, Aga Khan Foundation representative Mr. Kevin Moorhead pledged that the AKDN would implement this program honestly in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health to provide better health services to people of Badakhshan, especially for children and women.
The program includes activities such as; establishment of diploma nursing program at Faizabad’s Health Institute, implementation of Badakhshan’s first Community Health Nursing Education Program, implementation of the Community Midwife Education program for 60 more young women, and continuing medical education for existing heath staff at facilities in Badakhshan and Kabul.
Therefore in field of Health System Strengthening, the program will provide the Telemedicine program to link Faizabad Provincial Hospital and three remote Comprehensive Health Centers in Badakhshan, maternal, neonatal and child research initiative, expanded child health program.
AKTC education initiative for the children of Kabul's schools
"Thousands of Kabul school children will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Babur's Garden, Babur's tomb, and the Queen's Palace through an education initiative funded by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and conducted by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The students receive printed materials about these cultural heritage sites, school supplies, and snacks as part of the tour. More than 10,000 local school children have received tours as part of this initiative."
KABUL, Afghanistan—At 2:30 p.m. on July 19, 2009, the first Afghans to climb their country's highest mountain unfurled a national flag on the icy peak in the blue above the clouds.
The celebration was fleeting. Minutes later, they headed down with a French companion, buffeted by violent gusts of wind and worried that exhaustion and a lack of oxygen would imperil their descent.
They aimed to deliver a message one doesn't hear much, that Afghans can succeed. To say, according to a new film about the adventure, that there is more to Afghanistan than the Taliban, opium and burqas, the head-to-toe garments worn by some Muslim women.
Trouble began long before the climb when Meunier and two French associates fell out with the French head of an adventure sports company who had promised financing. Later, Meunier got support from the French Embassy and the Aga Khan Foundation.
Aga Khan Foundation participates in talks to create a development and extension foundation
Development, Expansion Foundation To Be Established In Badakhshan
Saturday, October 15, 2011 Kabul (BIA) The ambassadors of five western countries held a meeting on creation of a development and extension foundation.
The ambassadors of five western countries held a meeting on creation of a development and extension foundation. Held at the PRT the ambassadors of the Us, Germany, Russia, Norway and the ambassador of Agha Khan Foundation, and Badakhshan governor talked on creation of the foundation as a design of Germany aimed at coordination of expenses of this foundation for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Afghanistan borders and Tajikistan for upgrading the economy of families of both borders, prevention of narcotics cultivation, trafficking and smuggling. The Badakhshan governor said at the meeting that the main challenge in Badakhshan is shortage of power and non-investment on Kukcha River that the donor countries should cooperate seriously and the construction of circular road of Eshakashem till Share Buzurg of the province. He added that this road has two messages, first that rural people will access to cities and continuation of province-wide security with Tajikistan in terms of smuggling of narcotics is ensured. The ambassadors also visited the provincial maternity hospital of Faizabad and promised that they will assist in development, expansion and reconstruction of the premises of the hospital.
"It will also be important to rely heavily on Islamic based organizations and regional institutes, such as the Aga Khan Foundation (AKD), Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is in position to take a more prominent role post 2014 through channeling donor money into Afghanistan. The Aga Khan has already contributed around 700 million US dollars, including investing in large-scale rural development; health, education and microfinance services."
President Karzai And Prince Agha Khan Emphasize On Infrastructure Projects
Monday, October 31, 2011 Kabul (BIA) President Hamid Karzai and Prince Karim Agha Khan in their meeting emphasized on acceleration of the infrastructure projects implemented by Agha Khan Development Foundation.
President Hamid Karzai and Prince Karim Agha Khan in their meeting emphasized on acceleration of the infrastructure projects implemented by Agha Khan Development Foundation. Prince Karim Agha Khan arrived in Kabul yesterday and in his meeting with President Karzai assured continued assistance of the Agha Khan Foundation with Afghanistan in health, educational, cultural and potable water provision spheres. He stressed further that cooperation in reconstruction of development of Afghanistan has its important place in Agha Khan Foundation programs and its assistance is made in eradication of poverty and growth of life of the people. President Karzai thanked Agha Foundation’s assistance and called it as very important in addressing the needs of Afghans.
AKF collaborates with other organizations to contain brucellosis outbreak in Afghanistan's Bamiyan Province
"The brucellosis outbreak intervention programme was held in collaboration with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team, United States Agency for International Development, Aga Khan Foundation and local veterinary authorities."
AKF featured in a magazine article in relation to Afghanistan
"Completely destroyed during the civil war between the mujahideen, the Bagh-e-Babur was redone from scratch by the Aga Khan Foundation. When we visit, it is slightly overcast, but the clouds let enough sun through for the Bagh to glow — the place looks heavenly. There is a cool breeze and roses, fruit trees and a typically Mughal water channel flourish in lush green gardens. At the top of the gardens is Babur’s tomb; beside him rest a few of his family members. The white marble of some of the graves has been pierced by wild cherry blossom trees. Before his death, Babur had requested to be buried here. Initially buried in India, his body was later moved to the resting place of his choice — a place that he had originally built as a resting garden for himself."
AKDN features in partnership for Development across borders...
Wednesday, 14. December 2011
Opportunity for development across borders - more stability for Afghanistan
Bridges, markets and health care stations for 1.5 million people
Launch of the KfW Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tadzhikistan Regional Integration Programme (PATRIP)
"In cooperation with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), five large and over 400 small-scale construction and rehabilitation measures such as bridges, markets and health care stations were financed already in the first pilot phase, which began in 2010 with a commitment of over EUR 6.1 million. Up to 500,000 inhabitants of the border regions are already benefitting from the provided infrastructure."
Greenhouse products in cold Bamyan as an income source
Sunday, 22 January 2012 09:05
Bamyan – (Jan. 22)
Wakht News Agency
Farmers in the mountainous Bamyan province say they receive good incomes by selling vegetables grown in the greenhouses.
“I grow cauliflowers, cabbages, spinaches and cucumbers in my greenhouse and I receive good incomes by selling them,” said Saberah from center of Bamyan city, adding that she is engaged in her greenhouse for four years.
She said that the vegetables grown in the province is fresher, cheaper and better than the imported products.
Another farmer, Mohammad Ali said those families who cannot afford to buy vegetables in the winter, have vegetables for consumption as well as for selling.
The greenhouses are made by Aga Khan Foundation.
“We have so far made 28 greenhouses across Bamyan province as well as Sheik Ali and Sorkh O Parsa districts of Parwan province,” said a foundation in charge Fatemeh Hosseini.
“The farmers are satisfied with the greenhouses, because, they can earn more money by selling vegetables in the winter that is not the season for growing.
Bamyan is located at high point of altitude and is not reasonable for growing the vegetables. But, most of farmers are now growing cauliflowers, cabbages and cucumbers.
Winter adventure on Afghanistan's ski slopes By Ramin Anwari
"Bamiyan certainly has the potential, as it has had throughout its long and rich history, to become a favourite tourist destination," says Amir Foladi, who works with the Aga Khan Foundation to promote tourism in the country.
Ski Afghanistan: A Backcountry Guide to Bamyan & Band-e-Amir
The Bamyan Ecotourism Programme, supported by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Information and Culture, the Bamyan provincial government, the Aga Khan Development Network and New Zealand’s Aid Programme, is therefore developing sustainable tourism in Bamyan to help preserve and develop the history and culture of the region, to provide employment and to give local people the ability to improve their living standards. Ski Afghanistan is published as part of the Bamyan Ecotourism Programme.
The push to make Bamiyan a skiing destination started in 2010, when the Geneva-based Aga Khan Foundation sponsored two Americans to write a guidebook. It has also trained locals to ski and hired internationally certified ski guides to take tourists into the mountains.
AKF co-organizes meeting on the preservation of Bamyan Valley’s cultural landscape and archeological remains
Traditional dancing at the site of the Buddha statues in Bamyan. Senior government officials and international experts are in Bamyan today for a first of its kind meeting on how to best preserve Bamyan Valley’s cultural landscape and archeological remains. The two-day meeting is organized by the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Governor’s Office, UNESCO and the Aga Khan Foundation.
Old masters of traditional Afghan music meet renowned German pop musicians
Our perception of Afghanistan focuses on war, conflict and terror. However, Afghanistan was long known for its cultural richness - and famous for its music: Music, which was banned during the time of the Taliban regime, yet, the knowledge of which has survived alongside the old masters. Since 2008 some of these old masters have been working at the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) and the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) in Kabul to impart these rich old traditions to younger generations.
However, despite the efforts of the ANIM and AKMI, the musical heritage of Afghanistan is in danger. So far, not many young artists are capable of playing the diverse Afghan traditional music in a way compliant with the high standards of the old masters.
For the project "Safar - Afghanistan Meets Germany" - following an invitation from the Liszt University of Music Weimar, Germany - a group of five Afghan master musicians, including Ustad Gholam Hossein and Ustad Amruddin, and accompanied by two young Afghan musicians, will be visiting Germany from June 23 - July, 13, 2012 with a fascinating approach to musical exchange.
The project itself aims at increasing cultural understanding between Afghanistan and Germany, while also providing insight into, and new perspectives towards one's own culture. Accordingly, cultural relations and ties between Germany and Afghanistan will be strengthened. In cooperation with three renowned jazz and pop musicians, a communicative and brisk musical journey will be undertaken, transcending all potential language-barriers. The results of this cooperation will be presented in concerts in Weimar, Rudolstadt, Bonn and Berlin and broadcasts on the radio.
As the very existence of traditional Afghan music is threatened of disappearing, the musicians will also be recorded professionally and their educational work will be documented. The recording sessions will be held July, 2nd- 5th 2012 in the recording studio of the Liszt University of Music in Weimar and later made available to the public in international music archives. Workshops with students will be also held.
Media coverage and film documentation of the concerts will be translated into Dari and presented in an exposition in Kabul, as well as on Afghan television (RTA).
For three weeks, master musicians from Kabul were in Germany to introduce their music to Western audiences. They also improvised with three German musicians as part of the Safar project.
"Transcultural Music Studies," might sound very academic but it is actually the name of a series of creative projects conducted at the Liszt School of Music in Weimar. The aim is to conduct research into local musical traditions and then present the results in live workshops and concerts in Germany.
Safar, which means journey, is the result of such a project. It is a journey that for Philip Küppers began in January when he was at the Afghanistan National Institute for Music. He looked for musicians who were prepared to set up an ensemble, go to Germany and present their music to a Western audience.
Under the Taliban's regime, it was forbidden to play and listen to music in Afghanistan. Some musicians had their fingers chopped off. Instruments were hung from the gallows to act as a deterrent. Videos and cassettes were destroyed. The area of Kabul where musicians had lived before was completely laid to waste.
Forced into exile
Ustads (masters) of Afghan music who had survived decades of war were forced into exile - in Pakistan, Europe or the US.
Ustad Amruddin is in his 80s and still going strong
Ten years after the Taliban were ousted there are very few musicians left in Afghanistan who have a firm grasp of the country's traditional music, but some Ustads have returned to change this.
Music can be studied once again at the Afghanistan National Institute for Music, which is state-funded, as well as at Kabul University and the Aga Khan Music Initiative.
Traditional music in Afghanistan has to compete against Bollywood and American pop but there is an attempt to maintain Afghanistan's cultural heritage.
Influenced by all corners
Located on the crossroads between many trade routes, Afghanistan's music tradition was influenced by Arabs, Persians, Indians, Mongolians, Chinese and many others passing through. Thus Afghan music features a mix of Persian melodies, Arab scales, Indian compositional principles as well as sounds from tribes such as the Pashtuns or Tajiks and the instruments used range from Indian tablas to long-necked lutes.
German audiences were able to get an insight into Afghanistan's musical richness at five concerts - one of which took place at Deutsche Welle in Bonn. They centred on the sounds of the rubab, Afghanistan's national instrument. Made from the trunk of a mulberry tree, it has three melody strings tuned in fourths that are plucked with a plectrum and numerous sympathetic strings to intensify the sound.
Rubab player Ustad Ghulam Hussain and Ustad Amruddin (at least 85 years old) impressed the crowds with their traditional pieces and improvisations, as did the youngest player of the project –-14-year-old Salim. For Ustads the transmission of musical knowledge is as important as playing itself.
German and Afghan musicians improvising together
Later, the Afghan musicians were joined on stage by three German musicians - Jörg Holdinghausen on bass, Arne Jansen on guitar and Jan Burkamp on the drums, who provided a perfect rhythmic background.
Author: Matthias Klaus / act
Editor: Arun Chowdhury
New AKDN diplomatic representative start work in Afghanistan
By Mirwais Adeel - 14 Mar 2013, 11:56 am
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The new Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), in Afghanistan, Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, presented her credentials to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Mrs. Mawani succeeds Mr. Aly Mawji who represented AKDN in Afghanistan for more than a decade.
For the past eight years, Mrs. Mawani has served as the AKDN Diplomatic Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic where she has guided the work of AKDN agencies during the country’s transition period, working in close partnership with the Government, Parliament and institutions of civil society. Mrs. Mawani will remain accredited to the Kyrgyz Republic at present.
Prior to her engagement with the AKDN, Nurjehan Mawani had a long and distinguished career with the Canadian Public Service. She served as the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s largest tribunal, the Immigration and Refugee Board. Subsequently, she served as Commissioner of the Public Service Commission of Canada, an independent institution responsible for safeguarding the integrity and non-partisanship of the public service on behalf of the Canadian Parliament.
In recognition of her contributions to public service and to her profession, Mrs. Mawani has received numerous awards, among them, the Order of Canada and the UNIFEM Canada Award for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of women. In 2012, in recognition of her contributions to Canada, Mrs. Mawani was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The Aga Khan Development Network began working in Afghanistan in the late 1990s, providing food aid and a range of livelihood and support services to Afghans both in country as well as refugees who had fled their homes as a result of the on-going conflict. At the January 2002 Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, His Highness the Aga Khan made a pledge of USD $75 million to support international reconstruction efforts. This pledge marked the transition of AKDN’s intervention in Afghanistan from humanitarian relief to multi-sector integrated development, and the beginning of a formal partnership between AKDN and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In June 2008, at the Afghanistan Conference in France, His Highness the Aga Khan pledged a further USD $100 million in support of AKDN’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan.
Through partnerships with the Afghan government, significant investments into Afghan companies, and national and regional development programmes in partnership with other international organisations and donors, AKDN has channeled more than USD $900 million toward Afghanistan’s economic, social, and cultural reconstruction. AKDN programmes encompass large-scale rural development; health, education, governance and civil society programmes, including Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme; the rehabilitation of historic neighborhoods in Kabul and Herat; the management and operations of a pediatric hospital and two provincial hospitals; an extensive network of financial and micro finance services; a rapidly growing mobile phone network with innovative investments in corporate social responsibility; and, a five-star hotel in Kabul.
Aga Khan Foundation channeled $700m of assistance to Afghanistan
By Ghanizada - Thu Aug 28 2014, 8:54 am
Aga Khan Development Network AfghanistanThe Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) have channeled roughly around $700 million of assistance to Afghanistan since the foundation begun it’s engagement in Afghanistan in 1995.
More than 2.5 million people have benefited from the assistance which mainly focuses on world development health care, education, financial services, mobile telephony and other sectors.
The Aga Khan Foundation has been working and implementing projects to deliver development assistance at village level in Afghanistan with a variery of partners, specifically the Indian government and World Bank.
In an exclusive interview with ANI, Dr. Matt Reed, CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation, said “India’s contribution to Afghanistan’s development through the AGDN have been substantial. We have a substantial number of Indians that have worked for us in Afghanistan, bringing their knowledge from whole variety of sectors, ranging from world development health care, education, financial services, mobile telephony and other sectors.”
He said, “The Government of India has actually contributed financially to some of the programmes that we are operating in Afghanistan, most notably in and around the restoration of cultural monuments and cultural activities. Thus, the government has supported the restoration of the office of Ministry Of Foreign Affairs which is the historic building in Kabul.”
The Aga Khan Development Network has also been actively contributing to reduce maternal mortality, child morality and literacy rates going up.
Referring to India’s sustainability of doing work over decades in Afghanistan and it will be a long lasting one, Reed said, “We have sent variety of technical support to our teams working in Afghanistan, and teams in Afghanistan including Afghanis have come and trained in India from our staff. For example, we have a support called Aga Khan World support programme.”
“They are primarily based in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar and the work they do is natural resource management. Water shed management, check dams working with community organizations on how to govern water resources and another resources as well as agricultural work, things like rain water harvesting, safe water those kinds of things,” Reed added.
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) started distribution of aid to Afghanistan during the civil war from Tajikistan through Aga Khan Development Network’s affiliate.
The Foundation has actively participated in a number of sectors, including agricultural productivity, natural resource management especially building community development councils, building village organization, building Afghanistan’s civil society, getting participatory governance between local Afghan people and district officials, regional officials.
A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children's Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by ItPaperback– February 16, 2015
Neha Was the Smallest Infant to Ever be Treated and Survive in Afghanistan. An unusual partnership created the French Medical Institute for Children - two private, non-governmental organizations - the Aga Khan Development Network and the France-based humanitarian entity, La Chaine de l'Espoir, and two governments - the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and France. The result is an institution that has enabled children's lives to be saved that might have otherwise been lost. Nearly 1,600 children have been treated for congenital and acquired heart diseases, almost half of which had open-heart surgery. Arising during a time of seemingly never-ending war, FMIC is one of Afghanistan's most remarkable success stories. It has become the enabling catalyst for lives to be changed and dreams to be realized - a place where people have succeeded and survived against overwhelming obstacles and odds. As the U.S. and its allies prepare to shift their missions in Afghanistan from military and combat to aid and development, the general consensus is that nothing done in that war-torn country has been successful. FMIC is one of Afghanistan's most remarkable reconstruction success stories. It is a model that can be emulated as the U.S. and others strive to complete their development missions there. "FMIC has achieved many successes and achieved excellence in many fields in healthcare in Afghanistan. This Institute is a true example of a successful public-private partnership." Dr. Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan's Minister of Public Health, speaking at FMIC's 2nd International Pediatric Conference, December 2012. "When we have international societies with us and partnerships like FMIC, we can have hope for the future. This hope gives me energy to go ahead." Dr. Jalil Wardak, Head of Pediatric General Surgery at FMIC
Kabul Surgeons Successfully Separate Conjoined Twins
Afghan doctors at the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) have successfully separated 15-day-old conjoined twin girls in Kabul – the first time that such surgery has been carried out in Afghanistan.
The head of surgery at the FMIC, Jalil Wardak, said the babies were transferred from north-eastern Badakhshan province to the hospital recently in preparation for the surgery. He said they had been joined at the abdomen.
The twins are from a poor and vulnerable family and were able to travel to Kabul and undergo the surgery through the help of a charity organization.
"Doctors of Faizabad Hospital in Badakhshan helped transfer the newborn babies to Kabul and they underwent the operation with the help of the hospital's charity unit," Abdullah Fahim, FMIC chairman told TOLOnews.
The chief surgeon who did the rare operation was assisted by a number of colleagues, and said the babies were attached at abdomen, digestive system and they shared a number of arteries and veins; but the operation was successful and the shared organs were separated.
Wardak, the chief surgeon, said: "During the operation, we found that they were attached in the lower parts of the small and large intestines. We were successful in separating their intestines and dividing them between the two babies – equally," he added.
Meanwhile, the father of the baby girls, Haidar Ahmad, said he didn't believe that his babies could be separated from each other and survive.
"We had no hope that they will remain alive. But when we came here, the doctors' operation was successful, and now the baby girls are alive and are separated from each other," he said.
Conjoined twins are rare in the world. There are one or two conjoined twins in 10,000 births of twins. This is the first time that conjoined twins underwent such a surgery in the country.
KABUL: Lee Hilling, the author of “A Place of Miracles”, one of the top ten best-selling, self-publishing books, formally launched his book in here at the Government Media and Information Center (GMIC).
According to a press release issued here by French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) the launch of book was attended by Minister of Economy, Abdul Sattar Murad, Afghan and French governments’ officials, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), La Chaine de l’Espoir, France, representatives of international and civil society organizations, writers and media-persons.
“A Place of Miracles” highlights one of Afghanistan’s most remarkable reconstruction success stories involving unique partnership–two international development agencies–the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and La Chaine de l’Espoir, and two governments–the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and France. This strategic collaboration which evolved into French Medical Institute for Children has enabled children’s lives to be saved that might have otherwise been lost.
“Uplifting rendition of what people and organizations can do. Humanity at its best,” is a review from a reader.
First Class of Nurses Graduates in Faizabad, Afghanistan
Faizabad, Badakhshan, 23 September 2015 - Sixty-one students were awarded the General Nursing Diploma at a graduation ceremony in Faizabad, Badakhshan.
The ceremony marked a milestone: the graduation of the first class of nurses from a programme run in Faizabad and managed by the Badakhshan Provincial Public Health Directorate and Badakhshan Institute of Health Sciences, with technical support and advice from the Aga Khan University’s Programmes in Afghanistan.
The 61 graduates, 47 of whom are women, will contribute significantly to strengthening nursing services, particularly for mothers and children. The three-year course was conducted in an academically stimulating environment with well-equipped teaching and learning facilities including classrooms, clinical skills and computer laboratories, a library and hostel facilities. Eight nursing teachers, five women and three men, trained in effective teaching and learning methods, taught the programme. It is expected that in late 2015, another 50 students will be enrolled in the diploma programme.
Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani’s Statement at Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process Fifth Ministerial Conference
Delivered by Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, Diplomatic Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
On behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), allow me to extend my sincere appreciation to the Government of Pakistan for hosting the Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) and for the gracious hospitality extended to us. AKDN is honoured to participate in this important regional initiative.
AKDN is a long-standing partner to the peoples and Government of Afghanistan, to the peoples and Government of Pakistan, and indeed to the peoples and governments of the region. We are honored to be a supporting organization of the HoA-IP since its inception in 2011.
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