KEIHAN Foundation was founded in 2005 by Afghan students based in Leiden, the Netherlands. Next to different projects such as the Academic Exchange Medicine programme, the Anatomy programme had its onset in 2009. KEIHAN Foundation managed to facilitate and organize this project, under supervision of Dr. E. Mahtab, cardio-thoracic surgeon and co-founder of KEIHAN Foundation. In collaboration with IOM and Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), this project is making great progress..
Dr. Zalmai, lecturer and head of the Anatomy department in KUMS
Through the projects of KEIHAN Foundation, IOM hopes to contribute and build a bridge between researchers in the Netherlands and Afghanistan. The CD4D project facilitates study trips to the Netherlands to enable medical experts to gain specific work experience. Via CD4D Dr. Zalmai, lecturer and head of the Anatomy department in KUMS, was invited to the LUMC for a training period to learn the anatomical preparation and dissection processes.
Previously between 2009 and 2018 KEIHAN Foundation and partners realized preliminary steps of this project: i.a. training the first anatomy lecturer from KUMS at LUMC and setting up of a media library with e-learning at the KUMS.
Anatomy is essential in the education of medical students. Functional anatomy is crucial in locating the site of illness and diagnosing a disease. Without knowledge of anatomy, education of medical specialists is impossible. Imagine the result of an operation performed by a surgeon who has never before felt natural tissue and whose only anatomical knowledge is based on books and plastic models. This has been the case for almost all young doctors in Afghanistan at the start of their clinical career.