HPIC hosts a visit from the Canadian Embassy at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan (November 22nd, 2011)

To commemorate Universal Children’s Day, Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (IGICH), the largest children’s hospital in Afghanistan and one of Health Partners International Canada’s (HPIC) partner hospitals, hosted a visit for representatives from Canada’s Embassy in Afghanistan.

The visit highlighted how Canada is contributing to improve the health of young Afghans through projects like HPIC’s Capacity Building and Access to Medicines (CBAM), a project that has been made possible through a $10 million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In the short term, the CBAM project aims to enhance the direct supply of essential medicines with a long term goal to build capacities of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health to manage its pharmaceutical supply chain.

With the world’s highest infant mortality rate, one in four Afghan children dies before the age of five (311,000 annually). “Addressing these alarming statistics is a not only a key component of the CBAM project but is also part HPIC’s global priority, Women and Children Health Care” said Glen Shepherd, President of HPIC. HPIC’s goal is to work in tandem with Canadian pharmaceutical companies to secure up to $25 million worth of donated medicines and medical supplies. To date, more than 22,800 treatments have been sent to Afghan children by HPIC. More shipments are expected in the coming months.

“Many patients travel for days and by the time they reach the hospital they are very sick and require rigorous medical intervention,” said Dr. Noorulhaq Yousufzai, President of IGICH “We really appreciate Canada’s contribution to improve the distribution of priority medicines to young Afghans.”

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Health Partners International of Canada is a humanitarian not-for-profit relief and development organization dedicated to improving access to medicine and enhancing health in the developing world. HPIC contributes to well-being by providing donated essential medicines, supplies and vaccines, building national health sector capacities, and responding to emergencies and health threats. We partner with a network of ministries of health, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and healthcare professionals, with pharmaceutical and healthcare product companies, and with Canadian government departments; and we count on the financial support of individual donors, foundations and corporations. Because of our unique model, HPIC multiplies every donated dollar to provide, without discrimination, at least $10 of free medical aid.

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