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March 25, 2012
Annual General and Academic Meeting, 24 March 2012, LONDON

The Second Annual General Meeting 2012-13

 By Dr Khesrow Sangarwal

 The Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals-UK (AAHP-UK) held its Annual General Meeting of 2012-13 here in Diamond Hotel, London on Saturday 24th March 2012.

The gathering was attended by a large number of UK based Afghan Healthcare Professionals and students.  It was the second Annual General Meeting of the Association since its establishment a year ago.

The general members at the meeting used the gathering to report, critique, and reflect upon a year long period of  academic, professional, administrative and charity activities here in the UK and in Afghanistan.

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The gathering was compered jointly by Dr Hamid Shuja, and Dr Khesrow Sangarwal, members of the expiring Managing Committee. The proceedings were started with versus from the Holy Qur’an recited by Dr Zaman Ander.

The morning session was started with academic presentations by two prominent members of the AAHP-UK. Dr Abdul Wahab Zaheer spoke about the structure of healthcare system in Afghanistan, and Dr Waheed Mustafa gave an outline of modern clinical governance.

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The academic presentations were followed by a range of reports and speeches by members of the retiring Management Committee, reporting on the activities of the AAHP-UK.

Dr Qudrat Ullah, the treasurer of AAHP-UK, presented the Financial Report for the year 2011-12, a requirement by the constitution of the AAHP-UK. He gave a detailed description of all financial transaction carried out by the treasury on behalf of the AAHP-UK.

Dr Qudrat Ullah also reported in details on the Khuja Jum Charity Project conducted by the AAHP-UK. The project entailed an exploratory trip to Afghanistan by an AAHP-UK delegation, a fund raising event in London, and an event with the Khuja Jum Clinic officials in Kabul where the aid package was delivered by AAHP-UK representatives.

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Khuja Jum Mother and Child Clinic is located in Kabul Province of Afghanistan offering essential healthcare services with very basic facilities. The clinic was selected by AAHP-UK last year as a recipient of its charity aids.

Dr Amanullah Shams the ex-chairman of the AAHP-UK presented the Annual Progress Report of the association. He outlined all the achievements and accomplishments of the AAHP-UK over the year. He gave a detailed account of all the academic, professional, and charitable activities organised by the association here in the UK and in Afghanistan. He thanked and appreciated the contribution of all members of the association, in particular that of the outgoing Managing Committee, which he found “an excellent and outstanding team I have ever worked with.”

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Dr Shams used the opportunity to announce that he will not be standing as a candidate for the post of chairperson of the AAHP-UK. He observed that this will enhance the democratic culture of the association.

Dr Wahab Ghani Vice-Chair of the association for the last working year led an interactive session with the audience. The purpose was to collect maximum feedback regarding the past achievements, and future plans of the association. The session was very successful as invaluable qualitative feedback was collected from the general members. Dr Ghani stated that all the feedbacks will be passed to the next Managing Committee in order to maintain the democratic and transparent conduct of the association.

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An award ceremony was held following the interactive session, where Dr Khalil Wahdati, Dr Wahab Zaheer, and Dr Abdullah Afzali were granted the AAHP-UK Award of Distinction for their teaching, and charitable services.

The AGM was adjourned for lunch and prayer break. 

The members returned for the afternoon session of the AGM at 14:00. The session started with discussion of the constitution, and the need for amendments. The outgoing Management Committee proposed that, in order to register the association as a charity organisation in the UK, the AGM needed to adopt the new constitution recommended by the Charity Commission. After a session of lengthy discussions, it was unanimously voted that the next Management Committee should continue efforts towards registering the AAHP-UK as a charity organisation in the UK. The new constitution was adopted with a majority vote.

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The Annual Election of the Chair and the Management Committee was held under the supervision of the election board, which was consisted of three Medical Students. Dr Wahab Ghani was elected as the new Chairman of the AAHP-UK.

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 Dr Qudrat Ullah, Dr Aman Shams, Dr Hamish Darwish, Dr Sher Alokozai, Dr Nasir Habib, Dr Anna Sharif, Dr Ihsan Wardak, Dr Ajmal Shokoor, Dr Khalil Wahdati, and Dr Khesrow Sangarwal were elected to the new Management Committee.

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After a brief speech by the newly elected chair, and a photo session, the AGM was closed at 16:30.

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An introductory meeting of the newly elected Management Committee was held after the AGM. The task of contacting the media to report the AGM was assigned to a few members. It was decided that further communication will be held on line in order to organise subsequent Committee Meetings.

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The Committee meeting was closed at 17:00.

 

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December 16, 2011
The 2nd Ibn Sina Balkhi Seminar & Fund Raising Event, 10 Dec 2011, LONDON

The Second Ibn-i-Sina Balkhi Conference and Fund Raising Event

 

By Dr Khesrow Sangarwal

 The Event was started in the name of Allah, the merciful, the compassionate.

The Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals-UK (AAHP-UK) hosted its Second Ibn-i-Sina Balkhi Conference and Fund Raising Event on 10th December 2011 here in London. Ninety healthcare professionals and Civil Society members attended the gathering.

The day consisted of an afternoon of speeches and presentations, followed by a range of informative and entertaining activities. The speeches delivered by members of AAHP-UK concentrated on healthcare challenges in Afghanistan, and explored areas where healthcare professionals overseas can aid the healthcare sector in Afghanistan. The second part of the day aimed at raising fund and donations for a Mother and Child Clinic in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Dr Wahab Ghani

The opening speech of the afternoon session was delivered by Dr Wahab Ghani, General Practitioner and Vice-Chair of AAHP-UK. He spoke, briefly, about the objectives of the event, and what it entailed. He also presented a short biography of Father of Contemporary Medicine Ibn-i-Sina Balkhi.He then asked a young Afghan doctor, Waheed Mustafa to compere rest of the proceedings for the day.

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The following speaker was Dr Amanullah Shams, Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology, and the Chairman of AAHP-UK. Dr Shams elaborated on the role of AAHP-UK in delivering voluntary and charity services to aid healthcare profession in Afghanistan. He recalled the achievements of AAHP in the first year of its foundation. Dr Shams used his speech to encourage Afghan healthcare professionals in UK to get involved in the management committee and leadership of AAHP-UK. He announced that the next Annual General Meeting of the association will be held on 24th March 2012.

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Dr Arzomand, Senior Paediatrician, and member of the Board of Trustees of AAHP-UK gave an extensive account of how Afghan Healthcare professionals abroad can assist the services in Afghanistan. He used his past experience in he area to advise AAHP-UK in devising effective assistance strategies in Afghanistan.

Dr Qudrat Ullah

Dr Qudratullah, Specialist Registrar in Mental Health, and the Treasurer of AAHP-UK presented a brief report of the engagements of AAHP-UK in charity activities in Afghanistan in 2011. Dr Qudratullah was a member of AAHP-UK delegation who visited Afghanistan in September this year. The delegation was involved in a range of academic as well as fact-finding activities in Kabul and neighbouring provinces. They identified potential underachieving areas where AAHP-UK can tangibly assist. Among them was Khuja Jum Mother and Child Clinic which needed urgent assistance in order to continue to function purposefully. Dr Qudratullah showed the audience pictures of the challenging environment in Khuja Jum Clinic where healthcare professionals had to work with very limited resources. It was announced that all the funds raised in the event was going to Khuja Jum Mother and Child Clinic.

Dinner

All the guests were invited for a traditional Afghan dinner before returning to an evening of Afghan Music, Mili Attan, Art Exhibition, and Award Ceremony.

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The second part of the event was started by a Quiz conducted by Mr Dost Muhammad, Senior Pharmacist and the Secretary of AAHP-UK. The audiences were asked 20 questions from a range of topics, and the winner was awarded a piece of art and a kite made of Afghan National Flag, presented by Mr Dost Muhammad.

Belqees Younisi

The young and talented Afghan musicians Ms Belqees Younisi, Mr Ajmeer Nikzaad , Mr Suleiman Haqpana, and Mr Safwat Seemab  performed classical and traditional Afghan music which created exultant feelings among the audiences. The great performance of Mili Attan by the same group of artists added further joy to the gathering.

Mr Popal

An exhibition of paintings by famous Afghan artist Mr Mahmood Popal was held throughout the day. Mr Popal donated fifty percept of the entire transaction of the exhibited paintings to Khuja Jum Mother and Child Clinic Fund Raising Project. A significant number of guests and members of AAHP-UK donated generously to the project.

Dr Arzomand, Dr Shakiba Omari, Dr A Shams

The AAHP-UK also granted its annual awards to various individuals who contributed to its cause. The Ibn-i-Sina Award was offered to Dr Arzomand for playing a vital role as AAHP-UK advisor, and Ms Maliha Kabir for her invaluable contribution to the charity activities of AAHP-UK. The AAHP-UK Award of Distinction was given to Ms Samera Mohammad for designing the original Logo of AAHP-UK, Dr Waheed Mustafa for activities in Afghanistan, Dr Khesrow Sangerwal for activities in Afghanistan, and Dr Qudratullah for activities in Afghanistan.

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The event ended at 2300. It was revealed in a brief committee meeting the next day that a munificent amount of money was raised during the event, which will be passed to the administration of Khuja Jum Clinic, Kabul. Media Office AAHP-UK

 

NOTE: Further queries about the details of Fund Raising Event, and the amount raised can be answered by the Managing Committee of AAHP-UK on request.

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July 3, 2011
The Ibn Sina Academic Symposium, Oxford, Jun 2011

By Dr Khesrow Sangarwal

 On 19th June 2011, a multi-theme one-day academic symposium was held in Warneford Hospital, Oxford by the Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals- UK. The Ibn-i-Sina Academic Symposium, which is known to be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, discussed a range of academic and educational topics deemed important by the organising team. The symposium was attended by almost thirty healthcare and other professionals from all over the country.

 The gathering was opened by verses from the holy Qur’an, recited by Dr Qudratullah. The event was chaired by Dr Abdul Hameed Latifi, the Education Officer of the AAHP-UK. Dr Latifi told the audience that the symposium was part of the academic and educational programme of the AAHP-UK, aimed at assisting healthcare professionals with their education and training, as well as promoting an up-to-date clinical and scientific awareness, as foreseen by the constitution of the AAHP-UK.

 The opening speech was that of renowned Afghan scholar Professor Dr M.A Ziar. The professor delivered a comprehensive lecture on the personal and academic life of the Father of Modern Medicine, Ibni-Sina Balkhi. He revealed to the audience that Balkhi was the author of 450 pieces of academic work in medicine, Mathematics, Physics, Poetry and etc. Ibni-Sina Balkhi was born to an Afghan family from Balkh, and was grown up in the Central Asian city of Bukhara. He has carried out extraordinary scholarly work and discoveries in medicine, some of which is still influential in contemporary medical practice. Professor Ziar said that Ibn-i-Sina, known as Avicenna in the west, for the first time described the anatomy and physiology of the human larynx, which largely stays accurate, and stands the test of time. Professor Ziar, himself a linguist, added that Ibn-i-Sina described the functions of the components of human Voice Box, namely epiglottis and the vocal cords, and highlighted the contribution of nasal anatomy in evolution and production of languages.

 Following Professor Ziar’s informative speech, Dr G.S Sakha, a Senior Psychiatrist and member of the Board of Trustees of the AAHP-UK, shed further light on the life and achievements of Ibn-i-Sina. In addition to describing Ibn-i-Sina’s contribution to human cardiovascular system, and Evidence Based Medicine, he also focused on Balkhi’s work in Poetry and Literature. Dr Sakha also described, in length, Balkhi’s family and social background, and said that although all world scholars are the shared heritage of mankind, people of the world deserve to know the fact that this extraordinary human being was from Afghanistan.

 Dr A.W Zaheer, the next speaker, delivered an edifying presentation on Needs of Medical Trainees in Afghanistan. In addition to describing ways of standardising medical curriculum and helping trainees, he also highlighted opportunities for improvement in various aspects of healthcare provision in Afghanistan. He presented some interesting statistics and encouraged the audiences to study the needs of healthcare profession in Afghanistan.

 Dr Nadir Shah Waziri, and Dr Mustafa, the following speakers of the day, spoke about the professional and membership exams, and national application processes in the United Kingdom, something that attracted interest from the attending doctors.

 After an hour break for lunch and Prayer, the meeting came back to listen to Dr Arzomand, Senior Paediatrician, who presented practical proposals to AAHP-UK regarding opportunities to initiate and sustain charitable projects, both in Afghanistan and UK. Dr Arzomand was attended to by the addressees when he was speaking about the importance of staying committed to the task of working for the profession and the country.

 Dr Anna Sharif, General Practitioner in London, told the audience about the routes of getting into GP training in the UK. She said the GP specialty was a challenging but essential aspect of healthcare service in this country and beyond. She answered question from the floor on various aspects of GP training during her appealing speech.

 Dr Amanullah Shams, Chair of the AAHP-UK, conveyed an attention-grabbing presentation on Interview Skills and Job Application. He talked about various measures of success that one can use for their career planning and management. Finding all his audience some where along the training ladder, Dr Shams had useful tips and hints for being successful in challenging job interviews and application processes in the medical careers, which is now happening increasingly frequently.

 Dr Khesrow Sangarwal spoke about the ethical challenges facing the healthcare profession in Afghanistan. Describing the foundations of Bioethics, and its implication for modern medical practice, he insisted on the need for creating and propagating academic literature on medical ethics in Afghanistan. He observed that the existing work in medical ethics in Afghanistan is of trifling proportion.

 Mr Dost Muhammad, a senior Pharmacist from Birmingham gave a multi-media presentation on topical treatment of eczema in children and adults. With screening the patient experience and account of the condition, Mr Muhammad insisted on optimum and correct pharmacotherapy of atopic and other types of eczema.

 The final part of the symposium was a discussion and feedback session chaired by Dr Wahab Ghani, General Practitioner in London. Practical proposals and suggestions were received from the audience, and recorded for further analysis by the managing committee of the AAHP-UK.

 The symposium was closed at 17:00.

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May 1, 2011
The First Management Committee Meeting

Media Office

Press Release 19th April 2011

Contact: aahp.media@gmail.com

The First Committee Meeting of Afghan Healthcare Professionals-UK, London

By Dr Khesrow Sangarwal

The Constitution of the Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals-UK requires the management committee to hold at least three meetings annually in order to carry out the business of the association. The first committee meeting of the 2011-12 working year was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Brent Cross, London on 10th April 2011. The meeting was attended by six committee members.

The first task on hands was the assignments of portfolios to each committee member. The portfolios were assigned according to each member’s interest and experience, as follows:

Treasury: Dr Qudratullah

Recruitment and Liaison: Dr Anna Sharif

Secretary: Mr Dost Muhammad

Education: Dr Abdul Hameed Latifi

Vice Chairperson: Dr Abdulwahab Ghani

Media: Dr Khesrow Sangarwal

Afghan and International Affairs: Dr Hameed Shuja

Research, Translation and Publication: Dr Homayun Shahpesandy

Chairperson: Dr Amanullah Shams

The committee drew a three-month working plan for each of the above offices. The working plan included the following tasks: Opening a bank account, constructing a website, holding an academic conference, publishing regular newsletters and media reports, identifying working opportunities in Afghanistan and around the globe, coordinating the existing research and translation activities, and constructing a membership pack. 

The committee decided that it will work on voluntary basis, and will not claim any funds from treasury including any travel and residential expenses for the current working year. The committee also delegated a subcommittee of four members consisting Dr Amanullah Shams, Dr Abdul Hameed Latifi, Mr Dost Muhammad, and Dr Abdulwahab Ghani to organise a meeting with the Afghan Medical Association AMA.

The Committee meeting was closed at 1500. The next committee meeting will be held on 18th June 2011

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May 1, 2011
The Historic Event of 26th Mar 2011

Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals-UK

Media Office

Press Release 19th April 2011

Contact: aahp.media@gmail.com

Afghan Healthcare Professionals Get-together, 26th March 2011, LONDON

By Dr Khesrow Sangarwal

On 26th March 2011, a large number of Afghan Healthcare Professionals got together in Osterley Park Hotel, London, and laid the foundation of the Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals-UK. The meeting was attended by over fifty healthcare professionals from all range of specialist professions including Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Radiography, Physiotherapy and Medicine.

The meeting was opened with verses from the holy Qur’an recited by Dr Wahdati.

 The day consisted of a morning of speeches and presentations by various attending speakers, and an afternoon of law making, administrative work and election. At the beginning of the morning session, the Code of Conduct for the meeting was outlined by Mr Dost Muhammad and a young and bright Afghan girl Ms Summaya. The meeting was chaired by Dr Abdulwahab Ghani and Dr Khesrow Sangarwal.

 The opening speaker was Dr Amanullah Shams, one of the main organisers of the 26th March get-together. In his ten minutes long presentation, Dr Shams spoke about the need for having an organised association of Afghan professionals who work in healthcare sector in the United Kingdom. He explored the potential avenues where Afghan doctors and other healthcare professionals can cooperate and make a difference to their career, and the wider world.

The following speakers were Ms Tamanna Rahimi and Ms Zohal, the prospective doctors who spoke about medical career in the UK. Many found the presentation very useful as a good source of information for Afghan parents and Sixth Form students.

The gathering was also addressed by DR Sakha, a senior Afghan Psychiatrist who advised the Afghan healthcare professionals on the need for unity, and service for their profession and the country. Dr Sakha added: “Afghan doctors should learn from the missed opportunities, and start working for their noble intentions.” Dr Qudratullah, the next speaker described the challenges posed to Afghan doctors from graduation to registration, and the ways to tackle the obstacles in the rout to successful registration in the United Kingdom.

Dr Khalil Wahdati, and Mr Asif Roudwal were the other speakers in the meeting who spoke about postgraduate medical education, and disability in Afghanistan respectively. The closing speech of the morning session was that of Dr Abdul Hameed Latifi who intended to talk about the medical challenges in Afghanistan. The speech took an emotional turn when Dr Latifi started to describe the exceptionally high mortality rates in Afghanistan. Dr Latifi could not resist the high emotions associated with the tragic figures, and could not finish his presentation, which was completed by Dr Shams.

All the attending professionals discussed the need for establishing an effective and transparent association, which will not only coordinate and enhance clinical and academic cooperation among Afghan healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom, it will explore and work in potential underachieving clinical and academic areas in Afghanistan. These discussions took place in formal and informal manner through out the morning session. The consensus was to go ahead with the establishment of such an organisation that can reflect the decent intentions of all Afghan healthcare professionals in the UK.

 

The afternoon session started with an hour of lunch break and an opportunity of new Lemariz year (Nawrooz) greetings. The participants had to work hard due to shortage of time, and discuss the prospective constitution of the potential association. The participants had to work against the clock, and critique, amend and analyse the constitution, and approve it with a two third majority. Among the approved articles of the constitution was the name of the association, the Association of Afghan Healthcare Professional-UK.

The approved constitution foresees, among other aspects, the structure, finance, administration, and election proceedings of the Organisation.

Following a lengthy discussion and approval of the constitution of the Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals-UK, the rest of the meeting was governed by the articles of the constitution. The constitution required the election of a chairperson, and the managing committee. An independent board of election that consisted of Dr Sakha, Dr Rahim, the medical students Tamana and Zohal volunteered to oversee the proceedings of the election.

The candidates standing for the post of the chairperson were Dr Homayun Shahpesandy, Consultant Psychiatrist, and DR Amanullah Shams, Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology. The candidates gave a five minutes speech to the general members in order to win their votes. The votes were counted by the Election Board, and Dr Amanullah Shams was announced as the winner of the contest for the post of the chairperson.

 The electing session was completed with the election of the managing committee. The elected committee consisted of Dr Qudratullah, Dr Anna Sharif, Dr Homayun Shahpesandy, Dr Hameed Shuja, Dr Abdul Hameed Latifi, Mr Dost Muhammad, Dr Abdulwahab Ghani and Dr Khesrow Sangarwal.  

 A significant part of the afternoon session was dominated by a heated discussion regarding the importance of unity among the Afghan healthcare professionals in the country. Numerous participants of the meeting, who attended the afternoon session as individuals, challenged the creation of a new association. They described the achievements of other medical groups, and argued against the need for establishment of a new association. While most of the participants of the meeting appreciated the achievements of individuals and groups in serving the healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom, they unanimously voted for the establishment of the Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals-UK. The elected committee vowed to take necessary steps towards the unity of Afghan healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom.

The gathering was closed at 18:30 with the wish of success for the Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals-UK.

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