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Ambassador of Afghanistan Calls on Philadelphia for Emergency Healthcare Support
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International House and Carelift International hosted His Excellency Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, and his wife, Mrs. Shamim Jawad in Philadelphia on Monday to talk about the healthcare situation in their country and present a symposium called “The Current Healthcare Situation in Afghanistan.” The event was the first in a two-day visit intended to generate cultural and economic links between Afghanistan and the Philadelphia Region through International House’s Ambassador Program.

After almost three decades of war and destruction accompanied by severe droughts, Afghanistan has the world’s worst health indicators. Afghans have a life expectancy of 35 years, among the lowest in the world. The infant mortality rate is 165 per 1,000 births, and one out of every four children dies before reaching the age of 5. Although access to healthcare for women has relatively improved, it is still severely restricted in rural areas. Seventy five percent of the population does not have access to safe drinking water, and Afghanistan is among one of the six remaining countries in the world where polio, like landmines, still kills and maims many children every day. The Embassy of Afghanistan has identified Philadelphia’s Carelift International to work in cooperation to improve their dire healthcare situation.

“Carelift has the world’s largest medical relief supply network, which we have been successful in leveraging to provide healthier lives to people in 30 developing countries,” said Jeffrey Gloss, Co-founder and CEO of Carelift International. “We are honored that the Ambassador of Afghanistan has made us his choice to lead the mission of bringing better healthcare services to the Afghani people. We have seen what access to medical training and machines can do to a village or small town in a developing country. Everyone deserves proper healthcare, and with the support of the Philadelphia community, we will bring it to Afghanistan.”

The symposium is the most recent in a series offered by International House of Philadelphia, as part of their Ambassador Program, which provides the general public a forum to learn about the culture of a selected Ambassador’s country and business leaders the opportunity to develop ties beyond Philadelphia.

“We are so pleased to have the Ambassador and Mrs. Jawad here in Philadelphia,” said Oliver St. Clair Franklin, President and CEO of International House. “Learning about the healthcare crisis in Afghanistan clearly fits within our mission of promoting global understanding through personal connections. We are thrilled to be partnering with Carelift International to present this portion of our Ambassador Program and hope this event will be the beginning of a mutually beneficial partnership for all involved.”

During his second day in Philadelphia, the Ambassador, with assistance from International House of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce, made presentations on economic growth initiatives, developing markets, trade and investment opportunities in Afghanistan to targeted Regional business leaders.

About Carelift International:

Carelift International secures new and used equipment, drugs, and supplies from U.S. health institutions and manufacturers and redistributes them to health care facilities in need around the world. This process enables doctors and nurses worldwide to access modern, life-saving tools and offers a cost-effective outlet for hospitals and corporations to upgrade their own inventories, thereby minimizing waste sent to landfills. Carelift also provides medical education and technical training, including a region-specific, comprehensive biomedical waste program for health care professionals and biomedical technicians. These complimentary programs strengthen a country’s overall health status by creating sustainable improvements in medical and health education systems. For more information about Carelift International, visit .


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