Our projects.

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UpToDate is an online based medical knowledge source. It contains information about 9000+ topics and the topic range is very broad including 20 medical specialties. This service is provided by Wolters Kluwer Health division.

We believe that UpToDate is an excellent source for good quality, up to date and evidence based knowledge. In the Netherlands all the academic university’s and their affiliated hospitals have access to UpToDate. Furthermore 158 countries, including 90% of academic medical centers in the United States, use UpToDate. From our own experience as medical students and doctors we have also found
UpToDate as a very useful tool to gain knowledge.

Therefore we would like to put effort in the realization of access to this source at Kabul Medical University (KMU). KMU is the largest academic medical University in Afghanistan.

Our E-surgery work group aims at improving surgical knowledge and skills in Afghanistan. Surgery has always been one of the major medical specialties and continues to be an important field in medicine. Currently, war torn Afghanistan together with Syria belongs to the most violent countries in the world regarding war activities and its casualties.

Besides battlefield surgery there is a lack in a systematic and step-by-step approach to treating patients with surgical complaints, from having an abscess to having bowel cancer, from little fractures to major vascular diseases. Surgery encompasses general surgery as well as gastro-intestinal (abdominal) surgery, oncologic (cancer) surgery, vascular (blood and heart system), and traumatology (fractures).

Since a different approach is needed to improve surgical health care, MCAN decided to start the E-Surgery pilot in 2017 and start the project definitively in 2018. By providing our fellow Afghan health care professionals access to surgical knowledge and skills we aim to improve their daily practice and therefore have an impact in improving and strengthen the Afghan health sector.

In this we work together with several partners including Kabul Medical University, Aliabad Teaching Hospital, Sardar Daud Khan Military Hospital and INCISION Academy.

INCISION Academy is a web based surgical database that provides theoretical and practical knowledge by means of a state-of-the-art E-learning tool to its users. Incision gives people access to shared experiences, skills and expertise. It provides tools to get a quicker and more thorough preparation for the OR. It creates a common surgical language to streamline the communication in the operating theatre, and with colleagues around the world. It is accessible remotely, everywhere and on almost every device making it very user friendly for health care professional.

As per 2018 Afghan health professionals, both residents and surgeons in the field of (general) surgery, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, otolarynghealogy working in above hospitals have access to the INCISION database.

We are getting positive feedback from participants and aim to improve the project and elaborate on how to expand the project and start new future surgical projects that encompass more Afghan health professionals.

Workgroup-Netherlands aims to reduce the intercultural gap in healthcare in the Netherlands by means of the following activities.

1. Discussing cultural dilemmas in health care through annual events.
In recent years we realized this goal with the event “Dying without struggle”(2014),
“Breaking the language barrier” (2015) and “Meet MCAN” (2016 and 2018). During “Meet MCAN” the activities of MCAN are discussed.

2. Provide information to the Afghan elderly.
In 2017 we started a series of information evenings about the most common chronic diseases such as “Diabetic disease”. This project has been highly appreciated in both cities (Zoetermeer and Oosterhout). This project will be continued in 2018 and expand to other cities as well with new topics.