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India provides $1m to ARCS for children suffering from heart disease

AT News Report

KABUL: The Indian government disbursed the first installment of one million US dollar to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), as part of five years commitment, for the treatment of Afghan children suffering from congenital heart disease.

India has committed to provide annual financial assistance of US$ 1 million for five years beginning 2015-16 to the ARCS.

Embassy of India in a media statement issued here said, “The first installment of US$ 1 million was disbursed to ARCS in August 2015.  With this assistance, from September 2015 to August 2016, we are pleased that a total of 471 Afghan children, covering age group from as young as four months to 18-19 years, have been treated at Artemis, Fortis and Max Hospitals in New Delhi, India.”

India also provides financial, technical and training support to the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health in Kabul. This assistance would continue for a further period of four years. The Indian government hoped that many more needy Afghan children and their families would benefit from this.

“India takes pride in being able to contribute towards the good health and wellbeing of Afghan children and brotherly people of Afghanistan,” the statement said.

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