AT News Report-Kabul: The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) held the Seventh Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Convention on Saturday 2017. The convention coincides with “World Quality Day. “
This day serves as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those who demonstrate leadership to sustain and improve performance every day.
FMIC, the first ISO certified hospital in Afghanistan, has focused on quality improvement and patient safety issues amongst healthcare professionals in Afghanistan since its inception and continues to raise awareness around this.The theme for this year’s convention was ‘Celebrating Everyday Leadership ‘reflecting upon the importance of effective leadership in the successful delivery of quality and safe patient care which is relevant to the “World Quality Day”.
Quality service delivery professionals at all levels display leadership behaviors – from advocacy to fact-based thinking. FMIC celebrated everyday leaders who exhibit the values of a quality profession and perform their duties with a commitment to strive for and promote a culture of excellence along with a passion for continuous improvement in the healthcare system.
Despite the recognition of quality and safety threats associated with healthcare generally, little is known about the rate of preventable patient harm in developing countries in Southeast Asia or about the quality of healthcare. World Health Organization suggests that in developing and transitioning countries the presence of preventable adverse events is similar to that in other health systems internationally.
Addressing convention Dr. Feda Mohamad Paikan, Deputy Minister of Public Health address the audience of the convention and expressed his appreciation for FMIC’s commitment in promoting quality and patient safety culture in healthcare. He added that improving healthcare system in Afghanistan is a priority for the Government of Afghanistan and in particular emphasized that ‘effective leadership is critical in reducing the risk of failures in healthcare service provision’
Chairman, Provisional Operating Committee of FMIC, Mr Lee Hilling underlining FMIC’s commitment to quality care said, “As healthcare professionals we all are leaders and we have an obligation to ensure that the healthcare system is as effective and efficient as it can be – to minimize harm, and to ensure that it is sustainable for our communities and our future.
Dr Eric Cheysson, President of La Chaîne de l’Espoir, congratulated FMIC management for conducting an event of an international standard and that “La Chaine de l’Espoir, is committed to support FMIC initiatives to deliver quality health services by sharing with them best practices through contribution of long and short term medical missions.”
In his concluding remarks, Mr Nadeem Mustafa Khan, Senior Advisor to the President of the Aga Khan University urged that FMIC will continue to move towards achieving the common vision that the four partners set together. He also committed AKU support to FMIC in order to provide quality healthcare.
The convention brought together approximately 200 healthcare professionals from Kabul to discuss quality issues in healthcare and proposed solutions. 16 quality projects were presented on a wide range of quality related issues of public and private healthcare settings in Afghanistan.