Afghanistan: Medical Training

Programme Coordinateur: Sophie Tran

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health trusts La Chaîne de l’Espoir's and Aga Khan Development Network's expertise in high-quality medical services for the people of Afghanistan. One mission of the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) is to respond to the lack of qualified human resources in various medical areas.The organisations set up various programmes within the FMIC in order to train the local medical team and thus develop Afghanistan's capacities.

Dr Arshid Azarine and his medical team working on computers
Dr Arshid Azarine and his medical team


  • To develop and to contribute to the reconstruction of the Afghan healthcare system
  • Allow Afghan doctors and nurses of the FMIC to perform daily procedures autonomously
  • Train the future afghan medical body



Capacity Building Programme

  • Missions with French and international specialist doctors have been carried out to treat and operate on as many children as possible
  • These experts also, and mostly, come to share their knowledge and skills with their Afghan colleagues via practical training sessions, lectures and distance tele-consultations between Paris and Kabul
  • In 2015, 47 medical, technical and coordination missions have been organised and funded by La Chaîne de l’Espoir as part as of this human capital reinforcement programme. It represents 30 health professionals on-site, 949 man-days

Portrait of an Afghan child
Portrait of an Afghan child

Postgraduate Medical Education Programme (PGME)

  • The FMIC is officially recognised by Afghan authorities and the Faculty of Medicine as a training centre and a residency training facility for interns and junior doctors keen to specialise in a particular area
  • In 2016, the program benefitted to 49 residents, of which 5 women, in 7 specialties: paediatrics, paediatric surgery, cardiology, orthopaedics, anaesthetics, radiology and biology. By 2020, 68 residents will graduate.
  • La Chaîne de l’Espoir helps develop this programme via theory and practice training sessions run by its experts during missions and video conferences. In a building boasting classrooms and test laboratories, residents can carry out their research works and attend various classes.
  • 3 specialties will soon be introduced under this programme: cardiac surgery, ophthalmology and gynaecology-obstetrics. 

E-Health Programme

  • A tele-medicine programme was initiated in 2007 between Aga Khan Development Network, hospitals in three Afghan provinces (Bamyan, Badakhshan, Kandahar) and Khorog Hospital in Tajikistan
  • Provides quality medical services to patients who have no physical access to them because they live in remote areas, due to insufficient financial resources or a lack of health facilities
  • Tele-consultation and e-learning sessions are included in the medical staff training programme. Since 2007, 18,000 patients benefited from this programme.