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Roshan Announces Expansion of Afghanistan's First Telemedicine Project to Bamyan Region
Date:6/1/2009

livery shortcomings in other developing countries where access to medical diagnosis, treatment and training is limited.

"After the launch and initial success of Telemedicine in Kabul, we are delighted to begin extending Telemedicine links to provincial hospitals in Afghanistan, where the need for access to quality specialist diagnosis and training is even greater," said Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of Roshan. "Telemedicine further demonstrates the power of wireless technology to improve people's lives and expand the healthcare resources available to the people of Afghanistan."

Since 2002, the Aga Khan University has been working with the Government of Afghanistan and donor agencies to strengthen human resource capacity in nursing, medicine and teacher education in Afghanistan. "The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi has been responsible for the management of FMIC that provides high quality health care to the children of Afghanistan. We are proud to work with partners such as Roshan and CISCO to expand telemedicine in Afghanistan that broadens access to high quality health care to those in isolated communities," said Al-Karim Haji, Director General and Chief Financial Officer of AKU.

The Bamyan region in Afghanistan has some of the highest levels of maternal and child mortality in Afghanistan. For every 22,500 births, there are 382 maternal deaths and 3,937 infant deaths. The Bamyan Provincial Hospital was originally established in 2001 and in 2004, the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) assumed management as part of its wider endeavor to improve the living conditions and quality of life for the people of Bamyan. The hospital has since grown from 30 beds to its present capacity of 74 beds. There are an estimated 514,698 people served by the hospital on an annual basis.

Dr. Semira Manaseki-Holland, Regional Chief Executive Officer, AKHS, Central Asia, said, "The exten
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