On 10 October 2016, IOM facilitated a meeting between a high level Afghan delegation and Afghan diaspora organisations, represented by MCAN (Medical Committee Afghanistan Netherlands) and Keihan Foundation.
The Afghan delegation consisted of the Senior Advisor of the President of Afghanistan, Mr. Timor Alam, the Deputy Minister of High Education (Mr. Babury), the Director of Sardar Daud Khan Hospital (Mr. Abdulrazaq Siwash) and the Director of the Ghazi Amanullah Khan Hospital (Mr. Nawabi).
Mr. Alam expressed his commitment to fully support the CD4D project. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of the engagement of the Afghan diaspora in the development of Afghanistan, especially the highly specialized medical specialists in the health sector. He indicated that CD4D fits into the government’s priorities in which two sectors have been identified: health and infrastructure, comprising rural and urban development.
During the meeting the priority needs of the hospitals were discussed and MCAN and Keihan gave a presentation on their accomplishments and what the new CD4D project can offer.
It was concluded that a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding will be signed to express the commitment and strengthen the collaboration in the health sector between the government of Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora organizations in Netherlands and the facilitating role of IOM through CD4D. The MoU is being prepared by the government of Afghanistan.