Afghanistan’s Embassy in USA publication profiles the French Medical Institute for Children, an Afghan-French-AKDN partnership

On page 17 of the booklet “The New Afghanistan A Transformation in Progress,” the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC proudly profiles the impact of the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) with the following details

… The French Medical Institute for Children  is an innovative public-private partnership between the Afghan government, the French government, La Chaine de L’Espir, and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

In August 2015, years of investment in Afghan health care professionals were evident in the hospital’s successful separation of conjoined twins from Badakhshan province.

FMIC profiled in @Embassy_of_AFG USA booklet pg 17


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AKDN & Afghanistan

The AKDN’s engagement in Afghanistan began in 1995 during Afghanistan’s civil war with the distribution of aid from Tajikistan through AKDN’s affiliate, Focus Humanitarian Assistance. This engagement shifted from humanitarian assistance to long-term and sustainable development when His Highness the Aga Khan made the first pledge of US$ 75 million at the January 2002 Tokyo Conference on the Reconstruction of Afghanistan and, in March 2002, an Agreement of Cooperation was signed between the Government of Afghanistan and the Ismaili Imamat. His Highness pledged an additional US$ 100 million at the June 2008 International Conference in Support of Afghanistan held in Paris.

Since the late 1990s, AKDN’s engagement has become a deep-rooted one, focusing on support to institutions and systems, particularly through public-private partnerships, as well as equitable access to, and quality of, social services. To date, AKDN has mobilised over US$ 1 billion for economic, social and cultural development in Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan, programmes of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) include large-scale rural development; health, education and civil society programmes; microfinance services; the rehabilitation of historic neighbourhoods in Kabul and Herat; a rapidly growing mobile phone network; and the renovation of a five-star hotel in Kabul.


The Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) provides basic health and hospital services to over 1.6 million people in Badakhshan, Baghlan and Bamyan through the Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH) Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and Essential Package of Hospital Services (EPHS). AKHS is also working with the Afghan Government to develop a pool of qualified healthcare professionals by offering medical training for doctors, nurses an administrators, as well as through technical support on health policy, nursing standards and midwifery education.

The Aga Khan University (AKU) works with the Ministry of Public Health’s Ghazanfar Institute of Health Sciences to improve nursing and midwifery training throughout Afghanistan. It also played a lead role in developing the national nursing and community nursing curriculums.

AKU also manages the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC), an ISO-certified tertiary paediatric hospital in Kabul that is a public-private partnership between the French and Afghan Governments, AKDN and the French NGO, La Chaine de l’Espoir. Since its inception in 2006, over 10,000 paediatric surgeries have been performed at FMIC (including the first open heart surgery by an Afghan team), and over 200,000 Afghans from all 34 of the country’s provinces have benefited from FMIC’s patient welfare programme. FMIC is a hub for the telemedicine programme linking three provincial hospitals in Bamyan, Faizabad and Kandahar, as well as Khorog General Hospital in Tajikistan, to AKU in Karachi. The link is used for diagnostics, consultations and human resource development. In 2012, FMIC launched a programme in post-graduate medical education, which now covers seven disciplines (paediatric medicine, paediatric surgery, anaesthesiology, paediatric orthopaedics, paediatric cardiology, pathology and radiology.

More: AKDN Activities in Afghanistan & Afghanistan_Country_Summary

Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali

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