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French Medical Institute for Children

The French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) is a children's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, established in 2005. It is a joint project of the governments of France, Afghanistan, The Aga Khan Development Network and the French NGO La Chaîne de L’Espoir/Enfants Afghans.[1] A leading medical pediatric medical centre, if offers a wide breadth of services, from dentistry and orthopedics to cardiology and cardiac surgery.[2] The centre is also a technology lead, having implemented eHealth solutions including teleconsults via a network of Aga Khan Development Network centres in the region and the Aga Khan University.[3]

French Medical Institute for ChildrenThe French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC)
LocationKabul, Afghanistan
Hospital typechildren's hospital
NetworkAga Khan Development Network
Emergency departmentYes

In 2006, FMIC conducted the first pediatric cardiac surgery in Afghanistan. The patient was a 13-year-old girl named Elaha, whose family was charged $400 for the major operation.[4]

FMIC is ISO 9001:2008 accredited, and was the first medical centre to receive this accreditation in 2009.[5]

In 2012, construction at the FMIC began on a new 52 bed wing for obstetric and gynecologic care and a 14-bed neonatal intensive care unit - the first in Afghanistan. A ceremony marking the start of construction was attended by the Aga Khan IV, Karim Khalili, Afghanistan's Vice President, and Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France. [6]


  1. ^ "A Medical Centre of Excellence in Kabul" (PDF). Retrieved 24 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Official web-site". Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Official web-site eHealth page". Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Article by the Institute for War and Peace". Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Official web-site Quality and Safety page". Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  6. ^ "AKDN Press Release". Retrieved 18 March 2014.