Afghan evacuees filling gaps in Fox Valley dental health workforce

Anke Neustadt
Dental assistant Mohammad Azimy, left, works with Dr. Heather Hassell on a patient's May 25 at Partnership Community Health Center in Grand Chute. Azimy ran his own dental clinic in Kabul before evacuating Afghanistan and moving to the Fox Cities last winter.

Being a dentist in Kabul kept Mohammad Azimy busy. 

In addition to running his own clinic in Afghanistan’s capital city, he also provided dental services at a local hospital and trained dental students at a university. He often worked until 8 or 9 p.m. 

It all disappeared in a matter of days last August as the Taliban took the country over and he and his wife and child were forced to flee. 

It was clear something was wrong the morning of Aug. 15, Azimy remembered, but he still headed to work at the hospital like usual. When he arrived, he said he saw people running away, scared. Police had abandoned their weapons in the streets and were being taken away by taxi. 

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