News from our partner NGO in Kabul: Uncertain future for the French hospital in Afghanistan. The FMIC is trying to survive the current situation.

18 Oct 15:00 by Prodie Santé


The French hospital in Kabul is the largest and possibly the best hospital in the whole country. A thousand employees work there, and it is the only place with a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and where complex surgeries can take place. The staff who has decided to stay in Afghanistan despite the circumstances is trying to be resilient and adapt to the critical changes the Taliban's arrival unfold. Nevertheless, many continue their work deeply afraid of what the future might bring. Economic problems add to the blockage of medical supplies abroad, and many doctors and nurses, both women and men, have fled the country. The president of La Chaîne de l'Espoir, Eric Cheysson, explained, in a recent interview in a French media, that there is a waiting list of 210 children who need to get an open-heart surgery in the upcoming months. If the operations are canceled they will die.

Prodie Santé has developed a partnership with La Chaîne de l'Espoir. Over time, beyond our collaboration, strong ties have been forged between the two entities. We have followed with great concern the unfolding of events in Afghanistan, from the departure of foreign troops to the Taliban's rise to power. The withdrawal of the American forces has revealed a country whose population has been the collateral victim of an ineffective war. Many Afghans have seen it all: Soviet tanks, foreign armies, mujahedin, Taliban, tribal owners, executions, drones, destroyed villages, decimated families. All these years of violence have left behind many deaths, a destabilized society, endemic poverty, and suffering.

Ensuring healthy lives is one of the main Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Thanks to the doctors and the medical staff at the French hospital in Kabul, encouraging progress has been made to increase life expectancy and reduce some of the major causes of infant and maternal mortality. Prodie Santé is prepared to show its unwavering support to La Chaîne de Espoir and all its courageous staff. Their mission is more crucial than ever, and their fight for health is an example to follow. Eric Cheysson hopes that continuity of care can be ensured, and that common grounds can be found so the staff can carry out its mission unhindered for the good of the Afghan people. Because after all, as the author of Quijote wrote in his time: "Where there is life, there is hope."