Information on a program for the medical treatment of victims of the civil war in Afghanistan in the United States of America, sponsored in part by the government [USA10719]

Fran Sullivan, a representative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Washington, D.C., who was referred to the IRBDC by a representative of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., provided the following information on the above subject during a telephone interview on 19 May 1992.
The IOM is a non-governmental organization which has been involved in providing free medical treatment for the victims of the civil war in Afghanistan. These victims are treated in a number of European countries, Canada and the U.S.A. The IOM representatives in Peshawar (Pakistan) conduct the screening process to select Afghan patients who cannot be treated in Pakistan, but who can be treated abroad in a short period of time.
These patients must also agree to return to Pakistan upon completion of their treatment abroad. Doctors involved in this program report to the IOM whether the medical treatment has been completed.
Afghan patients who have been selected for medical treatment in the U.S.A. travel to the U.S.A. while in possession of "Pakistani refugee documents"; the government of the U.S.A. issues them entry visas. These Afghan patients stay in the U.S.A. on temporary medical visas and have no other residence status.
This medical program, which has existed for about five years, is essentially privately-funded. Doctors involved in the program provide free-of-charge medical treatment for Afghan patients. The government of the U.S.A. provides only transportation for those patients who are selected for treatment in the U.S.A. No Afghan patient is being brought to the U.S.A. at the present time.
Additional and corroborating information on the above subject is currently unavailable to the IRBDC.

International Organization for Migration (IOM), Washington, D.C. 19 May 1992. Telephone Interview with Representative.

U.S. State Department, Washington, D.C. 19 May 1992. Telephone Interview with Representative.