The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children is a not-for-profit hospital in Kabul, dedicated to providing world-class medical services and helping chart a course towards a sustainable healthcare system for Afghanistan.
The hospital is run through an innovative four-way partnership between the Government of Afghanistan, the Government of France, the Aga Khan Development Network and the French NGO, La Chaîne de l’Espoir, with Aga Khan University managing FMIC on behalf of AKDN.
Since opening in 2006, FMIC has transformed the lives of many families by providing high quality healthcare to children throughout Afghanistan.
The hospital’s exceptional medical services rank among the best in the region.
FMICs Patient Welfare Programme ensures these services are available to the people who need them most, regardless of age, heritage, gender, or income.
FMICs innovative eHealth programmes increase access to quality healthcare in remote regions.
FMIC is becoming a referral centre for hospitals throughout the region.
FMIC is investing in the future of Afghanistan’s healthcare system by providing medical professionals with international standard training and professional development.
Since it opened, FMIC has served over 2 million patients, trained over 700 medical professionals and currently employs over 95 percent Afghan staff.
The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children is striving to realize a vital and ambitious vision: to be a leading institute of excellence and innovation in healthcare, research and education, providing exemplary, safe, comprehensive, accessible and sustainable services to Afghanistan and surrounding regions, while positively impacting the lives of patients and all others whom it serves.
During this journey, the hospital is committed:
To provide exemplary quality and safe care to the patients
To ensure accessibility of services, both physical and financial, such that needy patients are cared for with respect and dignity
To develop new services in response to public needs and expectations as resources permit on an economically viable and sustainable basis
To develop the institution into an academic centre that develops local and regional health human resources as leaders and leads to human resource sustainability
To carry out programmes and assigned missions in a manner that would enhance the ability of the institute to move towards sustainability
The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children is run through an innovative four-way partnership between the Government of Afghanistan, the Government of France, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the French NGO, La Chaîne de l’Espoir. The Aga Khan University manages FMIC on behalf of AKDN.
In 2001, La Chaine de l’Espoir proposed building a maternal and child hospital that would be a self-managed training and referral hospital, which would also play a strong role in reconstructing Afghanistan’s healthcare system. They approached the Government of Afghanistan, who donated land, and the Aga Khan Development Network, to run the hospital.
In 2006, the partnership between La Châine de LEspoir, the Governments of France and Afghanistan and AKDN was formalised, and FMIC was officially inaugurated. Aga Khan University became responsible for its management.
FMICs four founding partners continue to invest in the hospital. They remain committed to working together to chart a course towards sustainable healthcare solutions for Afghanistan.
Vision for the Future
There is a bold vision for the future of healthcare in Central Asia.
The Government of Afghanistan is working to create an integrated national healthcare system, to provide every adult and child in the country access to world-class healthcare. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) envisions a sustainable, cross-border healthcare network that equitably serves the health needs of communities across the region.
The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children shares both of these visions. To help make these goals a reality, FMIC aims to serve as a beacon of excellence for health services in Afghanistan. To achieve this goal, FMIC will mature into a world-class regional referral hub and a centre for academic excellence in medicine through a three-phase process:
In 2006, FMIC opened its doors to offer healthcare of the highest standard in Afghanistan, on par with the best medical institutions in the region. Initially focusing on providing paediatric surgical care, today FMIC also provides paediatric medicine and plastic surgery, cardiology, neurosurgery, cardiac surgery and anaesthesia. FMIC is also working to extend of services to remote regions through eHealth initiatives and has launched postgraduate medical education and continuing medical education programmes.
FMIC has now grown into a fully-fledged maternal and child hospital with the establishment of the Women Wing. This new wing includes the first neonatal intensive care unit in Afghanistan and enables FMIC to admit women for maternal care.
FMIC will then open an Expanded Medical Complex, which will establish the hospital as a formidable tertiary referral centre. These additional facilities will enable FMIC to offer a full complement of medical services, serves as a regional hub for AKDNs Central Asian integrated healthcare system and encompasses an internationally competitive institution of higher education and training.
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