Afghan Biographies

Yousafzai, Noorulhaq Dr Yousufzai

Name Yousafzai, Noorulhaq Dr Yousufzai
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade Director of Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital in Kabul
History and Biodata

Chief of Indira Gandhi Children's hospital Indira Gandhi Institute for Child Health (IGICH) in Kabul.
Dr Noorulhaq Yousafzai (20100322, 20170909)

Deputy director of the children´s hospital:
Mohammad Latif Baher (20211215)

3. Biodata Dr Noorulhaq Yousafzai M.D:
He is the head of the Indira Ghandi Children’s Hospital in Kabul, which is the main pediatric hospital supported by the Indian Ministry of Health.  At the hospital Dr. Yousafzai was the founder of the Telemedicine department that is connected to several children’s hospitals across India and has been instrumental in helping to establish the Telemedicine department at Kabul Clinic, which is connected to hospitals in North America.  Email:


Founded in 1966 with assistance from the Indian government this centrally located hospital is the largest children’s hospital in Kabul.

There are 300 – 350 operational beds in the hospital, but the facility often has to deal with overcrowding and it is not unusual for there to be over 500 patients in the various wards. When overcrowding becomes an issue, small children and babies are often forced to share a bed.

The facility’s busiest season is winter when they are inundated with victims of acute respiratory infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis, and in the summer they treat many cases of CCD (chronic diarrhoea diseases) sepsis, victims of road accidents, burns and fractures.

The hospital also has many other areas of expertise including orthopaedic surgery, treating malnutrition, and a ward specializing in care for premature infants. IGCH is one of the most highly respected children’s hospitals in Afghanistan and patients come from all corners of the country, often on foot, to seek treatment at the facility.

The hospital is in a particularly busy and dangerous area of Kabul as the NATO base and many foreign embassies are nearby, both of which are favoured targets for Taliban attacks. In the spring of 2012 the hospital was damaged by a bomb intended for the nearby NATO military hospital. The facility has since built 12 foot tall blast walls to protect the patients, the hospital, and the families who wait outside for news of their children.

Indira Gandhi, the largest children's hospital in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, is struggling with severe overcrowding due to a jump in cases of pneumonia, asthma, and several other diseases. The facility has beds for 350 patients, but more than 500 are currently admitted. That's why there are multiple patients stuck together on single beds. According to hospital officials, 1,000 to 1,200 patients are treated in the facility every day; many seen by the same doctor at the same time.



Other names linked with Noorulhaq Yousufzai:
Shah Ibrahim BSc., MSc:  Mr. Ibrahim is one of the founding members of the Kabul Clinic.  He was born in Kabul and moved to Canada after the civil war began.  Mr. Ibrahim’s goals have always been return to Afghanistan and develop programs and services to address basic health care needs.  Mr. Ibrahim along with Dr. Alakozai and Dr. Ahmad established the Kabul clinic in 2008 and have been involved in the daily operations and administration. Email:

Dr. Anwar Alakozai M.D:  Dr. Anwar is a founding member and heads the Diagnostic Radiology department at the Kabul Clinic. He is a Medical Doctor with clinical training in the practice of Radiology from Pakistan and Germany.  Email:

Mr. Fazal Ahmad BSc: Mr. Ahmad comes to the Kabul Clinic from Indira Ghandi Children’s hospital where he was a managing director.  At the Kabul Clinic, Mr. Ahmad oversees operations and personal. Email:

Dr. Zakia Sufi M.D., PhD:  Dr. Sufi is a psychiatrist.  She leads the psyciatry department at the Kabul Clinic and works to address the psychological health of our patients.  Her main area of speciality is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. Email:

Dr. Nilab Osman BSc. MD:  Dr. Osman is a physician from Canada who has been with Kabul clinic since 2009, when she started as a volunteer Medical Student.  Dr. Osman has returned  to Afghanistan numerous times to volunteer with patient care and has continuously supported our Telemedicine and Psychiatry departments.  Email:

Ms. Romina Babakandi BSc. RN:  Ms. Babkandi leads our team of nurses who are active within the clinic and in the community. Ms. Babkandi received her education and training in nursing in Canada and returned to Afghanistan in 2008 to work with Mr. Ibrahim and Dr. Alakozai to establish the Kabul Clinic.  Email:

Pediatric surgeon Habib Ur Rahman Qasim heads the children’s burns unit at the IGICH hospital.

Last Modified 2021-12-16
Established 2010-03-22