Dr. Nadira Hayat Borhani, Deputy Minister of Public Health signed a contract with French ambassador to Afghanistan And representative of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) on Tuesday.
In accordance the contract, French government provided 5.7 million euros in implementing of improving Maternal and Child health program in Badakhshan province. This program would be implemented by Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) over three years.
Addressing the signing ceremony, Dr. Nadira Hayat Borhani appreciated the financial support of French government, calling the implementation of this program very important in improving maternal and child health in Badakhshan.
Likewise, French ambassador to Afghanistan Mr. Bernard BAJOLET assured the long-term support and cooperation of his country to the government and people of Afghanistan, emphasizing on strengthening the good relation between the two countries.
Meanwhile, in the occasion, Aga Khan Foundation representative Mr. Kevin Moorhead pledged that the AKDN would implement this program honestly in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health to provide better health services to people of Badakhshan, especially for children and women.
The program includes activities such as; establishment of diploma nursing program at Faizabad’s Health Institute, implementation of Badakhshan’s first Community Health Nursing Education Program, implementation of the Community Midwife Education program for 60 more young women, and continuing medical education for existing heath staff at facilities in Badakhshan and Kabul.
Therefore in field of Health System Strengthening, the program will provide the Telemedicine program to link Faizabad Provincial Hospital and three remote Comprehensive Health Centers in Badakhshan, maternal, neonatal and child research initiative, expanded child health program.