We Are Be Team and We Save Lives
Be Team International works in Afghanistan with national and international partners to improve healthcare resources, service delivery and training capacity while helping hospitals and clinics towards operational and financial sustainability.
- Humility demonstrated by selflessness
- Reconciliation demonstrated by self-sacrifice
- Professionalism demonstrated by competence and respect
- Restoration demonstrated by complete healing
- Compassion demonstrated by mercy
- Humanitarianism demonstrated by cultural sensitivity
- Cooperation demonstrated by empowering others
- Enduring Partnerships found in strong relationships
We are life-long learners and life-long teachers
Since 2005 when we began working with Cure Hospital in Afghanistan, our commitment has been unwavering – help the less fortunate by improving healthcare. We recognize that we can’t do this alone, so we have forged partnerships with other non-profit organizations, government agencies, the military and individuals who have generously supported us.
Our goal extends beyond improving healthcare services and purchasing medical equipment. We are committed to training future healthcare workers including physicians, nurses and mid-wives; expanding outreach to rural communities that have no doctors or clinics; and building capacity so more people have critical healthcare services.
We have built a well-functioning team, based on respect, accountability, and reconciliation of differences, which are critical to success in a cross-cultural setting. One can appreciate the remarkable teamwork we have achieved by considering the stability of our Afghan hospital staff: 224 of 323 (76 percent) of our staff have worked for the hospital for over five years and nearly half of this group has been working at the hospital for 10 years or more. When asked why they stay, the answer is almost always the same, ‘I like working for an organization where I am treated fairly and compensated based on how well I perform my job, instead of who I know.’
Cure Hospital Senior Management Team
Following graduation from the Syed Noor Mohammad Sha High School, Mr. Abdul Qahar and his family experienced at a very personal level the violence of the Russian invasion. Their house was attacked and badly damaged, and sadly, a brother was killed. The family walked three days from Laghman province across the Pakistani border and moved into a refugee camp where they lived for the next eighteen years. When they returned to Afghanistan, destruction was everywhere. Homes, schools, clinics and hospitals had been destroyed. The area had been heavily mined by the Russians. Unfortunately, a brother stepped on a mine and became permanently disabled. When asked about living in a Pakistani refugee camp for 18 years, Abdul Qahar answer was, ‘It was not that bad. I was able to learn English and start my career in nursing.’
In 1986, while living in Pakistan, Abdul Qahar completed his training at the Nursing Institute of Peshawar Pakistan. For the next eleven years, he worked as a clinical nurse in Peshawar Pakistan at the Mercy Hospital, The Burn Center of Hayatabad and the Kuwait Hospital. Upon returning to Kabul, Afghanistan, he accepted a position in nursing administration at the Ahmad Sha Baba Clinic Ibnsina.
He joined the staff at Cure Hospital in 2007 and worked as a nurse supervisor for seven years, following which he was promoted to Deputy Nursing Director before again being promoted to Nurse Manager. He is a current certified (BLS) Basic Life Support provider and trainer and has an interest in new medical technology.
Dr. Qayoumi was born in Kabul. Upon completion of her undergraduate education, Dr. Qayoumi was accepted into the Kabul University and obtained her medical degree. Her plans for Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training were interrupted when her seven siblings, parents and she moved to Pakistan to avoid the war of the Mujahideen in Kabul. During the nine years of living in Pakistan, Dr. Qayoumi furthered her dream of becoming an obstetrician/gynecologist by working as a medical Officer at the MRCA Hospital, the Fatana Gelani Clinic, the LRH Hospital and several other clinics in Peshawar. She credits several teachers there for encouraging her to persist with her goal, despite her current hardships.
When the family returned to Kabul, they found their home destroyed, but this and other hardships did not deter Dr. Qayoumi from completing residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Malalai Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. After completing her residency, she worked at the Amir Faizi Hospital, the Taban Hospital and the Homa Diagnostic Clinic, as an obstetrician/gynecologist and as an ultrasonologist. The following year, she was accepted and subsequently completed Cure Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship in one year.
Following completion of the Cure fellowship, she initially worked as an OB/GYN specialist and trainer at the 200-bed Khair Khana and the Istequal Hospital in Kabul. Dr. Qayoumi returned to the Cure Hospital and has worked as an OBGYN specialist and trainer since then. She also traveled to the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to receive advanced training on obstetric fistula surgery. She was promoted to Head of Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology in 2017.
Feeling ‘blessed’ by so many good teachers and seeing Afghan women suffering daily from poor medical care, Dr. Qayoumi feels a strong sense of responsibility to continue serving her people. She married in 2004 and she and her husband have two children.
One of thirteen children, Fahima Naziri was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. After graduating from BIBI SARA High school Kabul, Afghanistan in 2005, she earned her Diploma in Midwifery at the Ghazanfar Institute of Health Science (GIHS), Kabul, Afghanistan in 2007. Immediately after earning her degree, she worked for two years at the Indira Ghandi Hospital.
Fahima was hired by the Cure Hospital as a midwife in 2008. Her professional and calm demeanor was soon evident and therefore, she was promoted to midwifery supervisor in 2009. In 2011, she was again promoted to become Head of Midwifery at the Cure Hospital, a position she has held since then. Under her steady leadership, the midwifery department has continued running Cure’s all midwifery run clinic at its Family Health Center and offering 3-week clinical clerkships to Afghan midwives from all over the country.
Fahima has continued to seek every opportunity to advance her professional knowledge and skills. In 2017, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Midwifery through the Midwifery Bridge program at the Zawol University in Kabul. She was chosen to travel to Bangladesh to attend a one-week conference sponsored by the Asian Alliance in Midwifery. She has earned certificates of achievement from the MOPH to become a breast-feeding consultant’, from the Silk road Solutions on Leadership, from the American Heart Association to be a Basic Life Support Provider and trainer, and has completed the Newborn Resuscitation Program and then became certified as a trainer through ‘Helping Babies Breath’ an evidenced-based educational program initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with WHO and other global health stakeholders. The program teaches neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-constrained environments.
Fahima is also very active volunteer in the larger Afghan midwifery community. She is a member and current Vice President of the Afghanistan Midwifery and Nursing Council (AMNC), an executive board member and past President and past Kabul Provincial Director of the Afghan Midwives Association (ASMA).
Born in Kunduz province and one of eight children, Dr. Habiburahman Munib and his family emigrated to Pakistan when he was eight years old because of the disruption caused by the war with Russia. Schools were closed. Fighting was everywhere. Movement for those not associated with the communist party was restricted. It took the family six days to make the trip traveling by foot, bus, car and a small boat to cross a river. The experience in the refugee camp in Peshawar Pakistan was awful. The large family was forced to live in a single room tent. The weather was extremely hot. Windstorms threatened and sometimes succeeded in carrying away their tent. Rainwater was constantly flooding their belongings. When the family returned to Kunduz province twenty-five years later, everything was destroyed. In place of the beautiful gardens and quaint towns they had left, they found a flat and barren land. Roads, buildings and houses were gone.
The time in Pakistan however was not wasted by Dr. Munib. He became a serious and hard-working student, learned English, and was able to earn very good grades in grammar and high school. In 1991, he earned his Baccalaureate Certificate from the Abu Ayoub Ansari Laycee. He was selected to attend medical school at the Nangarhar Medical Faculty in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Upon graduation from medical school in 2001, Dr. Munib had the opportunity to work with multiple non-government organizations (NGOs) in Afghanistan’s most remote locations.
For twelve years, he provided medical care to the poorest and most vulnerable Afghans in Urozgan, Kandahar, Badakshan, Kabul, and his home province of Kunduz. The positions he held include AHDS Team Leader of a mobile health team in Kandahar Province, AHDS Head of the Comprehensive Health Center in Urozgan Province, Head of Basic Health Center, Cluster supervisor and HMIS officer and Medical project Manager with Medair, and Medical project coordinator with Care for Afghan families (CAF) in Badakshan Province, Technical Consultant and Provincial Coordinator in Kunduz Province with the University Research company, Technical consultant for Kunduz Regional Hospital and Deputy Technical Manager in Kunduz Province with both Save the Children and the Organization for Health Promotion and Management.
Possessing the skill sets for effective medical administration, Dr. Munib advanced his training by completing a three-year Medical Specialist program in 2016 and was awarded a diploma from the Kunduz Regional Hospital. Having worked with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health and trained and mentored healthcare providers at all levels of the Afghan healthcare system in its most remote locations, Dr. Munib has an extensive working knowledge and capacity to advance Afghanistan’s healthcare provision and training. He has worked with the Afghan Health Management Information System, (HMIS), performed many assessments of healthcare facilities, conducted household and hospital surveys, designed, implemented, monitored and reported upon many healthcare capacity building and hospital quality assurance projects. He has been involved with tuberculosis case detection and DOTS therapy implementation.
Dr. Munib was recruited and hired by the Cure Hospital in 2018 to fill a then vacant position of Patient Services Manager. He has since been promoted to the Deputy Hospital Director. He is a member of the Afghan Islamic Medical Association.
Dr. Mohammad Rafiq was born in Khost province. One of five children, he and his family traveled on foot and by camel to Pakistan when he was 15 years old to avoid the Russian fighting. He lived a ‘simple life’ there for eighteen years, at times in a refugee camp and at other times with relatives. After finishing high school and being accepted into medical school, he moved without his family to Kabul, where he graduated after seven years from the Kabul Medical University. Upon graduation, he started working for the MOPH at the Central Poly Clinic in Kabul. Following this, he worked for five years with MedAir as part of their program to implement the Basic Package of Health Services in Badakshan Province in some of its most remote regions.
Well known to our Afghan hospital leadership, Dr. Rafiq was recruited in 2009 to fill the difficult and vacated post of Obstetric Fistula Outreach Coordinator. After spending many days and nights traversing Afghanistan’s remotest provinces, and not always free from risk, he was reassigned in 2016 to be the Manager of the Cure Family Health Clinic, a position he holds today. Rafiq’s work as the obstetric fistula coordinator was truly heroic and will be highlighted in the Healing Heroes section of our website so please check back.
A graduate of Nangarhar High School, and the Nangarhar Medical College, Dr. Hashimi was awarded a diploma in Plastic Surgery from the Darulsalam Institute of Reconstructive Surgery in Peshawar, Pakistan. He subsequently received general plastic surgery training at the Seri Ram Chandra University in Madras, India. He continued advancing his plastic surgery training at the Saint-Luc Hospital in Brussels, Belgium. He obtained additional maxillofacial and cleft palate/lip reconstructive training at the Santo Spirito and la Sapienza Hospitals in Rome, Italy.
Dr. Hashimi’s has worked as Plastic Surgery Consultant for the Abrar Organization Nangarghar, Afghanistan, as an ICRC Consultant Surgeon and Trainer at the Jalalabad Public Hospital in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, as Consultant for Plastic Surgery for the Italian Emergency Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Consultant Plastic Surgeon in Lamer Hospital Kabul, and as Head of the Department of Plastic Surgery in Maiwand Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Dr. Hashimi started his work for Cure Hospital in 2006 and for the next three years hosted surgeons from Italy and the United states in order to establish the cleft reconstructive surgery program in partnership with SMILE Train. He has operated on nearly 9000 children with cleft deformities and has trained two female Afghan surgeons. Working with SMILE train, he is expanding the treatment of cleft deformities to include speech and nutritional therapy at the Cure Hospital. As head of the department of plastic surgery, he has trained two other plastic surgeons, including Dr. Suraya Aizad Panah, who has worked at the Cure Hospital since 2011. Together with her, Dr. Hashimi has expanded the hospitals aesthetic and reconstructive services to include burn scar contractures, hand surgery, nose and ear reconstructions, free and vascularized soft tissue flaps and more.
Shafiq Ullah Khan graduated from high school in Lahore Pakistan. He was selected in an English Scholarship Program at the American Consulate in Lahore. He studied Pre-Engineering at the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College in Lahore in 2007. In 2009, he completed his Bachelor of Commerce at Punjab College of Commerce, Lahore. In 2012, he finished a 2- year Master program at the Institute of Business Administration at the University of the Punjab in Lahore. In 2018, he earned a recognition as a Chartered Management Accountant in Pakistan.
His work experience includes a three-month internship at the MCB Bank, Pakistan, four years as accountant with CARE Foundation, three years as Accounts Executive at Sarena Industries & Emb Mills and three years as Assistant Manager of Accounts with Sefam Pvt Ltd in Lahore. Shafiq joined the Cure Hospital staff in November 2018. He married in 2014 and has a son.
Shukrullah Jami is a graduate of the Ghulam Mohammad Ghubar High School in Kabul, Afghanistan. He holds an English diploma from Alam Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan English language Institute, Kabul. He advanced his education while working full time by earning a Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) from the Armaghan Higher Educational Institute of Kabul. Following this, he earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Baktar University in Kabul. He has worked for several companies as an English interpreter including for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and with National Airways Corporation (NAC) in contract with the Afghan Wireless Communication Company in Kabul.
He started his work at the hospital in June 2005 as the patient receptionist. His organizational skills were soon evident. Therefore, he was promoted in 2007 to the position of Pediatric Surgical Coordinator. In this position, he was responsible for overall coordination of the growing cleft surgery service. He worked as the liaison and data manager between SMILE Train and the hospital.
His professional demeanor continued to grow and thus he was promoted to Patient Services Manager in 2011. Pulled on the one hand by suffering patients and their concerned families and on the other hand by hospital staff, Shukrullah consistently and calmly negotiated through many challenging situations to the benefit of all. During his time in this position, the processes and procedures of the Patient Services department were significantly developed. Shurkrullah’s business sense also allowed the hospital to grow its’ number of service contracts with outside agencies and organizations.
In 2015, Shukrullah was promoted once again to the position of Human Resources Coordinator and then in 2016 to Human Resources Manager. He is fully committed to promoting a healthy workplace environment for all hospital staff. He and his wife were married in 2007 and are the proud parents of three children.
Waheed Meskenyar was born in Maidan Wardak Province, Afghanistan. The family intimately experienced the effects of fighting when his father, a military officer was killed in Herat province. Waheed graduated from Khwaja Abdullah Ansari High School and was then accepted into the Afghan Institute of Technology from which he graduated. He learned English at the Pearl English Language Center.
Upon finishing school, Waheed worked for three years as a Facility Team Leader in the Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security as an antiterrorism assistant. For the next two years, he worked as the Company Manager Assistant in the facility department of the Presidential Protective Service Academy in Kabul. Following this, Waheed worked for the ZTE Company, contractor for Etisalat Afghanistan in various positions such as an engineer, fuel supply team leader, generator and power maintenance team leader, transportation manager, security manager and general logistics in charge. He then worked as the night shift maintenance officer in the Afghan Fleet and group Service. With all the above training and experience, Waheed is well qualified to oversee all the hospital facility related projects which he has been capably doing for the last nine years.
Waheed is married. He and his wife have four children.
See short bio with board of directors below.
Cure Hospital Medical Department Heads
Dr. Aqil Sha is one of ten children. He lived in Nangarhar Province until he was fifteen years old when the family had to flee to Pakistan due to the attacks of the Russian army. Several of his cousins were killed during this time. His family home was destroyed by bombs. His entire village including homes, schools, clinics were leveled. The family traveled by foot across the Hindu Cush mountains to reach Pakistan, where they were placed in a refugee camp. Life in the camps was miserable. Despite living in poverty for thirteen years, he finished his secondary education. When the family returned to Kabul, they and their village had to start from scratch again, because everything they had owned was gone.
Dr. Aqil Sha earned his medical degree and specialist anesthesia training at the Kabul Medical University. Following graduation, he worked as a Master Trainer at the Rabia Balkhi Hospital. He also worked as a Training Officer of Anesthesia in Kuwait and as part of a relief committee in Peshawar, Pakistan.
When Dr. Aqil Sha was recruited as an anesthesiologist to work at the Cure Hospital in 2006, he was one of only two anesthesiologists in the entire country. His anesthesia training was continued at Cure Hospital by several foreigners who worked at the hospital for approximately one year. He was part of the team that developed policies to guide the hospital’s pre, intra, and post-operative procedures to ensure patient safety. Dr. Aqil Sha been a steady presence at the hospital for over fourteen years, overseeing the department of anesthesia.
Before reading about Dr. Burhanuddin Maliar’s professional career, one should understand the broader context of his life story, for it is, quite literally, a summary of the modern wars which have plagued his generation of Afghans. He was born on April 12th, 1979 into a nation at war with itself. Following World War II, during the 50s, 60s and 70s Afghanistan enjoyed what historians often refer to as the ‘golden years.’ This three-decade span of peace, prosperity and freedom ended abruptly when Mohammad Daoud Khan, the first president of Afghanistan, was assassinated on April 28th, 1978 during the Saur Revolution led by the communist People’s Democratic party of Afghanistan. Following 20 months of brutal war, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on December 24th, 1979. This was eight months after Dr. Burhan’s birth. For the next thirteen years, Burhan and his family lived in Kabul under the shadow of Soviet war. In 1992, as the Soviet Union was losing power, the Mujahideen returned to take back Kabul. Unfortunately, once the foreign aggressor was expelled, the Mujahideen ceased to cooperate with each other and so Afghanistan was plunged into another horrendous civil war. Most of the destruction seen in Kabul today was, in fact, inflicted by these warlords. Rockets, exploding bombs, and gunfire became a daily concern for the Maliar family, which by then had grown to include four boys and three girls. By 1989, they had no choice but to leave the country. They traveled by bus to Pakistan and were fortunate to have family and friends there who could help them get settled. The family lived there for eleven years. When Burhan entered medical school in Nangarhar in 1998, the Taliban were in power and starting to exert Sharia law. As Dr. Burhanuddin Maliar said, ‘It was not an easy time.’ In 2001, he moved back to Kabul. It was the same year that Dostum was defeated by the Taliban. With the fall of Mazar-i- Sharif, Afghanistan’s future hung in the balance. Ahmad Shah Masoud was the only remaining leader in the way of complete Taliban control of Afghanistan. In fact, it was not an easy time. The subsequent US invasion led to the overthrow of the Taliban and establishment of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, but the nation has still not known peace. War remains an ever-present concern.
Dr. Burhan credits first his parents for his professional achievements. Concerned that his son would not miss opportunities which had eluded him, Dr. Burhan’s father encouraged and supported him to start learning English when he was only four years old. His mother planted in him the desire to become a doctor when he was in grade school. Having attained the first position in his class, both parents encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. Dr. Burhan graduated from the IRC High School in Peshawar Pakistan in 1997. After passing the entrance examination, he was accepted by the Medical Faculty of Nangarhar in 1998 and graduated from medical school in 2005.
He practiced general medicine in Kabul for a year until he was hired by CURE International in 2006 to run its contract and occupational health programs. After several tries, he was accepted into and then completed CURE International’s Family Medicine residency in 2011. He was immediately rehired by Cure as a family medicine attending physician and in 2017 was promoted to the Head of the Family Medicine services and residency program. He has been trained in Basic Life Support (BLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO), and has served on the hospital Infection Prevention Committee.
Dr. Burhan is an active advocate for the establishment of Family medicine as a specialty in Afghanistan. He is a member of the Afghan Medical Council (AMC), a member of the Specialization Board of the AMC, and the current Director of the Professional and Educational Department of the Afghan Family Medicine Association, (AFMA). Dr. Burhan is married and has four children.
After completing her undergraduate education in Kabul, Dr. Farzana Wali earned her medical degree from the Kabul Medical University. She scored the top score on the obstetrics/gynecology residency entrance exam and went on to complete her OBGYN residency at the Malalai and Rabia Balki Hospitals in Kabul, Afghanistan. Following the completion of her residency, she obtained the top score on the Ministry of Public Health’s final exam to become a specialist trainer. Following completion of her OB/GYN residency, she worked for several years as a specialist trainer at the Rabia Balkhi and Malalai hospitals.
In 2006, she was invited to further her training at the CURE Hospital’s newly formed Obstetric Gynecology Fellowship. She excelled as a trainee and was then hired as the Head of the OB/GYN Fellowship Program, a position she has held for thirteen years. Under her leadership, the program continued offering evidence-based training using the curriculum of the European College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ECOG). 45 women have graduated from this program and the majority are still living and practicing in Afghanistan, a testament to her leadership.
Dr. Wali has been the first Afghan doctor to achieve numerous milestones within her field. She traveled to the world-famous Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on two occasions where she received training in correction and management of obstetric fistula. She was the first female surgeon to treat fistula patients in Cure’s program. She was the first OB/GYN surgeon to perform laparoscopic surgery. She was the first surgeon to offer reconstructive surgery to women with Rockitansky houser syndrome and vaginal agenesis. For twelve years, she has run an infertility clinic, helping many Afghan couples understand that infertility can result from problems in either gender. She has been able to re-establish fertility for some women by correction of tubal defects and reversal of tubal ligations.
Dr. Wali has distinguished herself in many academic circles as an international speaker. She has presented numerous papers and posters at the International Society Of Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS) annual conference including Nairobi Kenya in 2009, Dakar Senegal in 2010, Dhaka Bangledesh in 2012, Kampala Uganda in 2014, and Abuja Nigeria in 2016. She presented at the Regional Fistula Conference in Lahore Pakistan in 2015, and at the meeting in Nice France of the International Urogynecology Association in 2015. She has given many presentations in her home country, Afghanistan.
Dr. Wali has also had an impact on healthcare in Afghanistan through her advocacy work. She has received the “Zan-e-Shayesta” Meritorious Woman award, the “Ranzoryar” Academic Grade in Ministry of Health, the FIGO award for best OBGYN Doctor in FIGO Congress Rio-2018. She was selected by the Ministry of Public Health to participate in developing medical ethics guidelines. She was among a few women invited in 2008 to an HIV prevention program in the United States. She was a participant in the Fistula Guideline Development Group of the World health Organization when it met in Geneva in 2016. She received the Obstetrician/Gynecologist award at the 2018 meeting of the International Federation of Obstetricians Gynecologists (FIGO) in Rio Brazil. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the ISOFS and is a member of the Afghan Medical Counsel.
From Samagan province and one of nine children, Dr. Homa Dost and her family experienced the effects of both the Mujahideen and the Taliban wars. Her education was interrupted twice during childhood because the school was burned down during fighting.
The family moved to Balkh Province where she earned her medical degree from the Medical Faculty in Balkh University in Mazar-Sharif. She practiced medicine for several years at the Mazar Public Hospital and in a private clinic with a focus on obstetrics and gynecology. However, when the city fell to the Taliban, she and one brother emigrated to Islamabad, Pakistan, where they lived for three years.
After the fall of the Taliban, she and her brother returned to Kabul. She was accepted into the Obstetrics/Gynecology residency at the Rabia Balki Hospital in Kabul and earned her specialization certificate in 2007. She practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Kabul at the Macrorayan Clinic and then at the Sheno Zada Hospital in Kabul until 2011, when she entered the Cure Hospital OB/GYN Fellowship program which she finished in 2012.
She worked for a year at the Afshar Hospital in Kabul, and was then rehired by Cure following a competitive selection process to receive advanced training for obstetric fistula surgery and management. Through sponsorship by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO,) she was able to work for several months at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa Ethiopia first in 2015 and then again in 2017. She completed her fistula training using the FIGO approved fistula training manual.
Dr. Homa Dost is passionate about helping women suffering with obstetric fistula. Seeing so many women suffering from birth trauma and having the ability to offer them surgery which is life changing, she feels a calling to ending this terrible problem in Afghanistan. With the remainder of the hospital OB/GYN and obstetric fistula team, she is working hard to prevent, detect and cure birth trauma.
Dr. Homa Dost and her husband have three children. Four of her eight siblings have left Afghanistan. You can learn more about Dr Dost under the ‘Good News’ section of the Be Team website, where you can read about how she ‘Finds Joy in the Midst of tragedy.’
Dr. Mohammad Kamal was born in Khost Province in the east of Afghanistan. Within one month of being born, his family traveled by camel and donkey to Pakistan. Too young to remember the events, his parents told him the family had to sneak away at night to escape the fighting. Living in a refugee camp, the days in Pakistan were harsh. The family was so poor that there were times when they couldn’t afford a pair of shoes for Dr. Kamal so he walked around barefoot. Still, he was able to complete his grammar school at the top of his class.
He did well on the entrance exam for medical school and was accepted for medical school. However, it wasn’t until the fall of the Taliban several years later that he and his family returned to Kabul where he was able to obtain his medical degree from the Kabul Medical Institute. Following medical school, he was accepted into the General Surgery Residency program at Ibni Sina Hospital. Soon after finishing his general surgery residency, Dr. Kamal took the exam for Cure Hospital’s general surgery fellowship and was hired as the first fellow after scoring the highest on the exam among over fifty candidates.
Upon finishing the fellowship two years later, Dr. Kamal was hired by Cure where he has remained as the Head of the Department of General Surgery and General Surgery Fellowship. He has trained three other general surgeons, all of whom are working in Afghanistan. Dr. Kamal has distinguished himself by becoming the first Afghan surgeon to perform laparoscopic surgery. His series of over 2000 laparoscopic cholecystectomies contains no post-operative deaths. Known for his emphasis on safe surgery, he is highly sought after within Afghanistan and has been actively supporting other hospitals in Kabul as they initiate their own laparoscopic surgery programs. Dr. Kamal is a strong advocate concerning the need to obtain proper informed consent before operating on any patient, a practice which is counter to the cultural norm. When sorting through the risks and benefits of operating, he often asks if he would want the same operation performed on one of his family members.
His accomplishments as a surgeon earned him the distinction of becoming the first and only Afghan surgeon to receive the Travelers Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He is also the first Afghan surgeon to be accepted as a Fellow of the ACS, a distinction made only after a rigorous evaluation process.
He and his wife are the proud parents of seven children.
One of six children Dr. Omer Malikzai was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. When he was 10 years old, he and his family fled Afghanistan and moved to Peshawar, Pakistan because his home was destroyed on several occasions by rocket attacks, explosions and fighting with the Russians. The family lived for twelve years in Peshawar, during which time, he graduated from the Maulana Jalalabad Balhki High School. In 1998, he was accepted to the Nangarhar Medical faculty in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. The Taliban was in control there for his first three years of medical school and made life difficult by enforcing Sharia law. Dr. Malkizai persevered through this trial and graduated in 2005.
Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Malikzai worked for a year as the Medical Coordinator for the Afghan German Doctors Association and then as the Head of the Comprehensive Health Clinic (Oshtorgram) in Kapisa, Afghanistan. In April of 2007, he applied for and was accepted into Cure Hospital’s Histo and Cytopathology Residency Program. Soon after finishing the residency program in 2010, he assumed the position of the head of the pathology department, a position he has held ever since.
Dr. Malkzai believes that a career in the medical profession is a lifetime learning process and despite confronting many obstacles (including being robbed of his new car at gunpoint in 2019), he has never lost sight of his goals. He has availed himself to many and varied learning opportunities including workshops in leadership, basic ultrasonography, and a Pathology of Endometrium and Ovary seminar at the MVJ Medical College in Bangalore, India.
Dr. Malkzai has been a delegate and invited speaker at the 16th Conference of the South Asian Academy of Histopathologists and Cytopathologists in Ranchi Jharkhand India, is a member of the South Asian Countries Association (SACA) and has been a speaker locally in Kabul at the annual conference of the French Medical institute. He is one of very few Afghan pathologists to be the first and co-author of numerous publications coming out of Afghanistan.
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Dr. Jason Dausman is an internal medicine and pediatric trained physician who has spent much of his early career working and teaching in low resource communities both domestically and internationally. His first job was as a teaching hospitalist at Christ Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center in Memphis. While there, he was invited to join the faculty at the University of Tennessee in Memphis and spent three years working with students and residents at the county and pediatric teaching hospitals. Colleagues from Memphis ultimately led him on a lecture tour through Afghanistan, where he first visited Cure Hospital in Kabul and saw the groundbreaking family medicine residency training program. This eye-opening trip and a year-long gap in teaching physicians ultimately led him back to Cure Hospital in 2006 and 2007 to teach internal medicine, pediatrics and manage the neonatology unit.
Upon returning to the U.S., he spent a year studying at Covenant Seminary while working part-time with plans to go back to Kabul. In 2010 after the Haiti earthquake and numerous volunteer trips, he decided to work full time as a hospitalist in St Louis at Mercy, a large Catholic health system. In 2015, he took on the role of Medical Director in clinical informatics, where he has spent the last five years focusing on electronic medical records optimization, provider education, quality improvement projects and has supported the acceleration of Mercy’s transformation into a healthcare platform.
He obtained his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine and was the recipient of the Dean’s award. He trained in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, finishing in 2004.
He is married to Lindsay Rae, a nurse and fitness instructor, has three wonderful girls, and spends free time with his family in Tower Grove Park, playing soccer, teaching piano and reading books.
Cory DeAngelo feels called to support the work in Afghanistan and is pleased to serve as Treasurer for Be Team International. He has 30 years of experience as an operations management professional with cross-functional and cross-cultural experience in large, complex manufacturing and supply chain operations. Cory currently serves as a Director for Papa John’s International. He spent 18 years supporting the strategic growth of Starbucks Coffee Company in various roles before leaving to serve as Senior Vice President of Operations at CURE International.
Cory has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Arts in Theology from Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is currently completing an MBA at Purdue University. Cory holds a professional certification in Production and Inventory Management with the Association for Supply Chain Management and is certified by the Paterson Center as a StratOp facilitator.
He resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife Emily
As Secretary of the Board of Directors of Be Team International, Nate Desmarais considers it a privilege to be able to continue serving his Afghan colleagues at the hospital in Kabul. In addition to having visited the facility, as well as facilitating and/or participating in strategic planning for the hospital leadership team in Delhi, Nate has worked closely with staff on the ground in a mentoring role. He believes strongly in the work and drive of the Afghan team as they seek to provide quality healthcare training and services in their homeland.
Nate currently serves as Director of Human Resources for the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania. Previously, he served for eight years as Director of Human Resources for CURE International. He has over 18 years’ experience in human resources in different industries, including healthcare and banking.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Messiah College and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from St. Francis University. He also holds the certifications of Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Nate and his wife, Tammy, have two daughters, Olivia and Amelia, and one son, Grayson.
Sharon Craig Economides brings valuable experience and passion to Be Team International’s Board of Directors. Having worked at CURE Hospital in Kabul from 2005 to 2006, she is excited to be part of the team. While at the CURE Hospital, Sharon worked alongside Afghan midwives and physicians to start the Maternity Ward, NICU, Walking Blood Bank, and Maternal-Child Health community clinic. She continued to work in other maternal-child health and community health education roles in Afghanistan for three additional years.
Sharon has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Persian from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed a Master’s degree in Midwifery and Maternal-Child Health from the University of Sheffield. Sharon is committed to life-long learning and, most recently, has completed Health Leadership Development training from the Daniel Hanley Center for Healthcare Leadership and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for process improvement.
Sharon currently works at Maine Medical Center and lives in Maine with her husband and son
Dr. John Heusinkveld is pleased to serve as a board member for Be Team International. He has also traveled to Afghanistan on five occasions, where he helped to rebuild women’s healthcare in the post-Taliban era by training Afghan physicians in modern gynecologic surgery at the Cure Hospital. John has been recognized with the ‘Outstanding Service Medal’ award by the US Public Health Service for his extensive work with underserved Native American populations. He has been a University faculty member since 2011, and his professional memberships include the American Urogynecologic Society and the AAGL.
He is an assistant professor and a Board-Certified specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery with Banner – University Medical Center Tucson’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has over 13 years of experience in surgical and nonsurgical treatment of pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. He also practices general gynecology. John is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University Medical School and completed his residency training at the University of Arizona Hospital.
John and his wife Dominika reside in Tucson, Arizona.
As a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Robert Kearney MD, FACS is pleased to serve on the board of directors for Be Team International. He is a firm believer that people should be proactive about their health and aging and that surgery is only one aspect of body maintenanceRobert is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as well as General Surgery of the American Board of Surgery. He maintains active membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Kearney, graduated from Providence College cum laude and received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kearney completed his general surgery residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He then went on to complete his plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and finally a craniofacial fellowship in Miami under S.A. Wolfe MD, an internationally renowned craniofacial surgeon.
Upon completion of his plastic surgery training, he returned to the full-time faculty at the University of South Florida in Tampa where he trained future plastic surgeons. During his tenure at the University, he focused on complex craniofacial reconstructive surgery, breast reconstruction surgery and cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts and body. Dr. Kearney initiated micro-vascular breast reconstruction at the H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa while serving as the Director of the Micro Vascular Division.
The third of nine children, he is happily married and has three wonderful children. In addition to his work as a plastic surgeon, Dr. Kearney is an avid squash player and enjoys yoga, bike riding and spending time with his family.
Caren Schumacher is proud to be Chair of the Be Team International Board of Directors. Strong in marketing, strategic planning and non-profit management, Schumacher brings skillsets to Be Team International that are critical to the organization’s long-term success.
Her commitment to making a difference in her community and in the lives of others earned Caren numerous recognitions including: Fairfax County and Reston Virginia Citizen of the Year Citation, Historic Virginia Land Conservancy’s Chair’s Award of Excellence, the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg’s Korzowski-Fuller Award and others.
Caren is currently a member of the Board of Latisha’s House, a long-term facility to save the lives of women who have been trafficked and are rescued in the Tidewater area of Virginia. She is also active in the Capital District of Kiwanis, an international service organization that
improves the world, one child and one community at a time. She has a strong and dedicated commitment to Crosswalk Church and is a leader in their Sisterhood programs.
Caren recently retired from a 30-year business career. Fourteen of those years were spent working in senior management for two national trade associations in the Washington, D.C. area, and for the past 16 years, she served as the executive director of Williamsburg Land Conservancy.
She is a 2003 graduate of the Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Historic Triangle program and served on their Board of Directors for a decade. She has also served on the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of Virginia United Land Trusts and the Virginia Symphony Society of Greater Williamsburg.
A native of Washington, D.C., Caren attended the University of Maryland in College Park. She loves to travel, enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. Caren and her husband Ed have been married for over 50 years and have three grown children. They are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
Having a wealth of experience in developing world logistics, Eric Weaver is excited to serve on the Board of Directors for Be Team International. Currently, Eric works as the shelter technical adviser for Samaritan’s Purse. Eric has 20 years of experience in non-profit relief and development work. He has held executive and staff member positions for Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity, Jubilee Ministries, Habitat for Humanity International, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Samaritan’s Purse and Shelter for Life International. He has traveled to Russia, Central Asia; Beius, Romania; Braga, Portugal; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; and Kabul, Afghanistan, where his work has involved grants management, security protocol, construction and crisis response. He speaks Russian and Romanian and is currently studying Spanish.
He graduated from the Colorado Mountain College with an Associate Degree in General Studies in 1999. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2007. In 2015, he received a Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Leadership from the Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
Eric and his wife, Tanya, have a daughter, Julia, and a son, Aiden
Be Team International Advisers/Counselors
Jordan Manning graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biological Basis of Behavior in 2009. Upon graduation, he worked as a device representative for Stryker Spine for six years before deciding to pursue a career as a physician. He is currently a medical student in the class of 2023 at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Prior to enrolling in medical school, Jordan was employed by the NYU Langone Spine Research Center. He gained valuable experience in managing clinical databases, research study design and project development. He will use these skills in his position as Adviser to Medical Data Management.
Jordan is aware of the global disparities in access to reliable healthcare. During his tenure with Stryker, he participated in medical missions to Vietnam and the Dominican Republic treating patients with complex spinal deformities. He is excited for the opportunity to expand his work in developing nations with Be Team International.
Linda Manning is honored to serve as a counselor for Be Team International. She has had numerous opportunities to host visiting Afghan doctors at her home in Pennsylvania and is impressed with their humility. She is well-aware of the challenges of living in Afghanistan, especially insurgency related violence and the paucity of good healthcare
Linda earned her bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A two-sport collegiate athlete, she coached field hockey and lacrosse as an assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught in the public-school system for 18 years.
Married for over 38 years, she is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoys gardening in her spare time.
Cathy Morgan is honored to serve Be Team International as a counselor and to support and witness the beautiful stories of healing and restoration in Afghanistan.
She is a wife, mother and grandmother with a pastoral heart, having most recently served as member care coordinator with CURE International.
Kimberly Motley has earned the reputation as one of the world’s most respected and successful international lawyers. Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, Motley is the first and only foreign lawyer to ever litigate in Afghanistan’s Courts. In 2008, Motley traveled to Afghanistan and shortly thereafter became the first foreigner and still only foreigner to litigate in Afghanistan’s Courts representing a vast array of clients in civil, commercial, and criminal courts. She has been practicing law in Afghanistan for over ten years and her practice has grown to where she represents people on almost every continent.
Her success has included, but is not limited to, securing the first Presidential Pardon for a woman charged with adultery, which subsequently decriminalized running away as a crime in Afghanistan; successfully working on international child abduction cases, which resulted in the return of British and Australian children ages ranging from 2 years to 8 years old; successfully working in Bolivia on stopping the legalization of child rapes under the age of 6 through the representation of a forensic doctor; successfully working towards the release of Former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in Malaysia.
Bringing her vast knowledge, experience, success record and steadfast ethical standards to each case, Motley challenges outdated illegal cultural norms and focuses on laws that are underutilized. In 2012, she was the first attorney to be given the title of Honorary Legal Representative to Her Majesty’s Ambassador and the British Embassy in Afghanistan – a title that she has maintained under five UK Ambassadors and continues to maintain. In addition to this, Motley has represented the EU, Italian, Canadian, German, Australian, and French embassies. Motley has also provided legal representation to many successful International Initiatives in Afghanistan in the medical, music, education, and telecommunication fields.
Her expert legal work has earned international attention with segments on the BBC, CNN, NBC, as well as profiles in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, London Times, and The Washington Post, among many others. Motley has also published several articles on juvenile justice and contemporary legal issues in Afghanistan as well as the U.S. In 2014, Richard Branson named her as one of the fourteen most inspirational people. Motley has given a TED TALK with over a million views entitled “How I Defend the Rule of Law” that outlines some of her work. An award-winning international documentary highlighting her work entitled “Motley’s Law” was released in 2015. In addition to this, Motley’s book LAWLESS was released in the UK in September 2019.
Ryan Oberly is a partner at Wagenmaker & Oberly, LLC where he focuses his practice on advising public charities, private foundations, and other tax-exempt organizations on planning, structuring, and transactional matters. From start-ups to complex corporate and tax planning, Ryan works with clients to protect tax-exempt status, facilitate organizational growth, and manage risks. He has successfully represented clients in IRS audits, state attorney general investigations, and other diverse crisis situations. His practice covers nonprofit governance, fundraising laws in all fifty states, unrelated business income, private benefit, political campaign and lobbying restrictions, and other federal and state tax issues affecting nonprofits. He also advises through corporate mergers, joint ventures, and international operations. He is also well versed in intellectual property issues facing nonprofits and regularly works with clients to register, protect, transfer, and enforce trademark and copyright interests.
Ryan is an adjunct lecturer at Charleston School of Law where teaches the Law of Nonprofit Organizations and regularly speaks on nonprofit legal and tax issues.
Be Team International Staff
Dr. Yousuf Khan was born in Kunar Province and one of twelve children. His family fled Afghanistan to avoid the war when he was six years old. They traveled four days on foot until they reached a refugee camp in Pakistan. They saw Afghans die along the way due to exposure and old age. They lived there in a Pakistani refugee camp for thirteen years. For two of those years, the large family lived in a one room tent or a hut made of mud. Dr Khan remembers fearing what would happen whenever his father left the tent to look for work, because on several occasions, it had nearly blown away during a storm. As his district in Kunar Province was one of the earliest to resist the Russian invasion at the time of a new communist government, they endured horrendous destruction. When the family returned to Afghanistan, they found most of their village destroyed by bombing. No one had lived in the area for a decade. The family and neighbors worked together to rebuild their homes, schools and village.
While in Pakistan, Dr. Khan finished his secondary education and studied engineering. However, after his acceptance into medical school, Dr. Khan switched his career and earned his medical degree from the Nangarhar Medical Faculty in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He immediately started practicing medicine in some of Afghanistan’s most remote villages, starting at the Shirkat Hospital in Gulbahar with Medicin Sans Frontier. Following this, he was hired by MedAir, another non-government organization, as Clinical Supervisor to oversee its work in three districts of Ragh, Badakshan. Traveling by horseback across snow-covered mountains, he and the MedAir team were often the first and only doctors seen by the village people. His work with MedAir was expanded to Project Manager. In this capacity, he oversaw the implementation of the ‘Basic Package of Health Services’ (BPHS) in Badakshan province, with special attention to improve access to healthcare for women and children.
After leading this project for four years, Dr. Khan was motivated to become more equipped to address the many healthcare problems he had seen, especially related to maternal mortality. He applied for and was accepted to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where he earned a Diploma in Reproductive Health for Developing Countries. Upon returning to Afghanistan, Dr. Khan was recruited by CURE to join other members of the MedAir Team to assist with developing its obstetrics/gynecology training program in Kabul. Starting as Deputy Medical Director in 2008, Dr. Khan was promoted to Hospital Medical Director and then Executive Director, a position he has held for five years. Under his steady leadership, the hospital has gained a national reputation for its excellent services and training programs. Yousuf has been married for 29 years. He and his wife are the proud parents of eight children.
Dr. Richard Manning is passionate about the work that Be Team International is accomplishing in Afghanistan. He has been part of the team supporting the Cure Hospital in Kabul since it was opened in 2005. Seeing an opportunity to merge academia with developing world surgical practice, Dr. Manning led a team of expatriate healthcare professionals over the next nine years to transform the hospital into one of the nation’s leading academic healthcare institutions. His roles included Director of General Surgery Fellowship program, Medical Director and Executive Director. By the time he left in 2014, the hospital was being managed completely by Afghan staff.
Dr. Manning has continued supporting the team operationally and financially by solidifying the hospital’s partnerships with outside funding agencies. In January 2015, he accepted the full-time position of Director of Medical Operations at the CURE Mission Support Center in
Pennsylvania. When CURE made the decision in 2018 to cease operations in Afghanistan, Dr. Manning founded Be Team International, a non-profit that works with national and international stakeholders to continue the good work of the Cure Hospital in Afghanistan.
Dr. Manning completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also played football for four years. He earned his medical degree at the Thomas Jefferson Medical College and completed his general surgery training at the George Washington University Hospital. Following a year in private practice, he was activated as a reservist in the Navy to serve at the Bethesda Naval Hospital during Desert Storm. While training young Navy surgeons, his passion to be involved in academic surgery was reinvigorated. Dr Manning returned to central Pennsylvania where he became part of a team of surgeons supporting general surgery training at the Pinnacle Health System and the Hershey Medical Center. In 1993, he joined a local team of healthcare workers on a 10-day medical missionary trip to Haiti where his desire to serve in the developing world was born.
Dr. Manning and his wife, Linda, have been blessed with five children. He enjoys playing the piano and being Pop/Baba Kalon to his seven grandchildren