March 12th will be forever memorable for several Afghans as well as for La Chaîne de l’Espoir.
After 4 years of training for the paediatricians and 5 years for the paediatric surgeons, the first six Afghans who graduated from the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) programme at the FMIC, received their diplomas during a big official ceremony in the presence of Dr Eric Cheysson - La Chaîne de l’Espoir’s President, Dr Ferozuddin – the Afghan Public Health Minister – as the guest of honour, Mrs Mawani - AKDN’s ambassadress, Mr Merlin – the First Counsellor of the French embassy in Afghanistan and Mr Hilling – the Chairman of the FMIC’s Board of Directors.
The commitment of the Afghan doctors, just as the Hippocratic Oath taken by the young graduates after their medical studies, entails the same values: restore, protect and promote health while respecting the human being’s dignity. This day was undoubtedly a red-letter day, as it symbolises a new beginning for Afghanistan and brings along hope for the Afghan population.
The training programme keeps growing each year. Next year, 15 junior doctors, of which 2 women, will be graduated.
Reminder : Launched in April 2012 at the FMIC, in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and backed by the Afghan and French governments, the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) programme, providing training for various medical and surgical disciplines, has been designed to allow Afghan doctors acquire new qualifications in paediatrics, paediatric surgery, cardiology and orthopaedics, radiology, anaesthesia and pathology. For over 10 years now, La Chaîne de l’Espoir has committed to the quality improvement of healthcare and the empowerment of the Afghan teams throughout the country in order to provide the population with high quality healthcare.