AMPAA believes that improving the state of medical and postgraduate medical education is the best way to help in Afghanistan's healthcare system reconstruction. We have worked throughout the years to build a strong partnership with Afghanistan's Ministry of Health and hope to continue to assist in building of curriculums, medical professional organizations, residency training, and training of allied health staff.
Charitable Work within the US
AMPAA's annual health fair was started in 2009. This service provides our uninsured population with access to screenings, including blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, bone density, allergy testing and more. Annually, more than 100 volunteers from different fields of healthcare assist in providing services to more than 200 participants.
AMPAA donates care packages to Afghan refugees arriving in Virginia. Hundreds of packages containing toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand soap, shampoo, and other household items were distributed to families.
In addition, AMPAA has provided opportunities for mentorship for newly arrived Afghan medical graduates in preparing for the USMLE examination and residency applications.
Charitable Work within Afghanistan
With the help of various other nonprofit organizations, AMPAA has been able to deliver multiple shipments of medical supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals over the years.
AMPAA has partnered with the Raqim Foundation and Afghan Education for a Better Tomorrow. The parties will work together to develop and establish policies and procedures that will promote and sustain telemedicine projects, providing medical assistance to the people of Afghanistan. AMPAA will provide medical services and medical education assistance and consultations to patients by professional medical doctors. Under the leadership of Dr. Nahid Aziz, a board member, consultations were provided to patients who suffer from psychological distress and psychosocial issues in Kalakan District, which is located in Northern part of Kabul province.
Afghan Ministry of Public Health
AMPAA has signed an Agreement of collaboration with Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on August 23rd, 2015. The agreement will allow AMPAA to conduct its projects and programs in collaboration and coordination with MoPH in Afghanistan. As a first step, the MoPH has provided a guesthouse in Jamhuriat Hospital in Kabul for Afghan and non-Afghan medical professionals who wish to travel temporarily to Afghanistan for the purpose of assisting the Afghan health sector. The guesthouse is free for medical professionals who wish to assist the Afghan Health System through direct health care delivery or educational programs.
Afghan Medical School Exchange Program
AMPAA has initiated a partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). AAMC has an international program called Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO). The program provides the opportunity for more than seventy countries throughout the world to exchange their medical students with each other. We have targeted 6 universities in Afghanistan as members of this program. AMPAA is thrilled to announce it has signed the first school to participate from Kandahar, Afghanistan with the great help and support from MoPH. This will be the first and only medical school exchange program in Afghanistan.
Charitable Work Across the Globe
AMPAA organized a mission trip to a refugee camp to Lesvos, Greece in February 2016. Eleven members traveled to assist with the current refugee crisis. The majority of refugees were from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, hoping to live safer, better lives in Europe. Volunteers worked with non-governmental organizations in the Better days for Moria camp. They helped translate and assisted them with orientation to camps, shelter, and access to food and clothing.
The Moria Medical Centre clinic at the camp provided care for 50-150 patients per day. Volunteer health care professionals helped treat a variety of patients to help the clinic run 24/7.
Over $13,000 were raised by the team to help provide medications, food, clothing, toiletries and other necessities.