On Thursday October 11, 2018 it was time for a new Meet MCAN. The opportunity to get acquainted with MCAN, to hear all the news about all current and future projects, and to get to know the MCAN members easily.
The evening was opened by the coordinator of WG NL, Derakshan Beekzada. She and the rest of the working group worked hard to make this evening possible.
Of course there are always new interested people present on an evening like this, and they were brought up to date about our foundation at the MCAN introduction, given by Parweez Koehestanie. From our origin to our objectives and composition.
Razma Paykardjoe, has already traveled to Afghanistan twice for the UpToDate project. She updated everyone about the initiation, launch, evaluation, continuation and challenges of the project. With the support of active medical students in Kabul, we hope to set up a sustainable project.
One of our current projects is E-learning surgery. Seyed Qaderi, a surgeon-to-be, talked about the benefits of E-learning and why this application is so relevant and necessary for Afghan surgeons (in training).
IOM, International Organization for Migration, was also put in the spotlight. Adri Zagers talked about their projects and why the collaboration with MCAN fits in well with their objectives.
After recording so much information it was time for an intermezzo. With an (un) exciting workshop, the participants were taken on a journey through the world of yoga and meditation. Our own yogi, Siamak Zahmat, was even able to provide some variation with one leg in plaster.
After this there was room for a break with delicious Afghan snacks, provided by Saffraan Catering. While enjoying a cup of chai, everyone could exchange ideas and chat.
MCAN is of course also active within the Netherlands! Working group NL also organizes information meetings for Afghan elderly people, in which chronic diseases are treated. Zahir Zomra shared his experiences.
The evening ended with a drink, where the evening continued for a long time.