Health Partners International of Canada is a key partner with the Government of Canada in the government’s development work in Afghanistan, the Honourable Beverley Oda, said at the launch of HPIC’s Capacity Building and Access to Medicines (CBAM) project in Afghanistan Nov. 30 at HPIC’s distribution centre in Mississauga.
“Afghanistan’s health care system is in need of repair,” Bev Oda, Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation, said in her remarks at the launch. “Presently, Afghanistan faces some of the lowest life expectancy rates in the world and the world’s highest infant and maternal mortality rates, after Sub Saharan Africa. This is why Afghanistan is one of Canada’s 10 targeted countries within our G8 Maternal and Child Health Initiative.
“And I am pleased that HPIC is a key partner with the Government of Canada in that work. In 2008, the Government of Canada formed a multi-year partnership with Health Partners International of Canada.
“This partnership is not only helping Afghans receive priority medicines and medical supplies but is also enhancing the capacity of the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.”
Many of HPIC’s pharmaceutical donors attended the launch as well as media. In addition, the news went out in a press release issued by the Government of Canada (http://www.afghanistan.gc.ca/canada-afghanistan/news-nouvelles/2010/2010_11_30.aspx?lang=eng). Pharmaceutical donors to the first four shipments of medicines and supplies for the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital and Ibn-i-Sina Hospital, a large emergency hospital, were credited in a news release issued by HPIC (http://www.hpicanada.ca/news_release.cfm?nwsrlsID=169).
On the same day as the $10 million five-year project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was launched in Canada, it was also launched in Kabul, Afghanistan. The acting Minister of Public Health for Afghanistan, the Head of Aid for Canada, HPIC’s project partners and Afghan media attended.
The CBAM project’s goal is to increase access to needed medicines and supplies for Afghans, with a special emphasis on the needs of women and children. The project was developed in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). Over the course of the project, HPIC is committed to providing $25 million in medicines and hospital supplies requested by partner hospitals in Kabul. In addition, the project is working closely with the Afghan MoPH to build capacity and improve the supply chain system of pharmaceuticals at the national level through the provision of necessary training and equipment, developing working policies and procedures, and improving overall human resource capacities.