Inspired by a gap year working in rural India, Dr Sarah Fane decided to switch from her degree course in French and Latin to study medicine at Bristol University. Her Elective, in 1987, was spent in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan, working with an obstetrician in an area with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Once qualified, she returned to Pakistan, and worked from a Mujahideen camp on the border with Afghanistan, during the height of the Soviet Afghan war, running clinics for female refugees.
In 2001 she was invited to Afghanistan, which was in the grip of the Taliban regime, to work in a mother and child clinic. The visit and the people she met inspired her to set up Afghan Connection.
The charity supports education and sport in Afghanistan and has built 46 schools for over 75,000 children. It runs cricket projects backed by the Marylebone Cricket Club,M.C.C. which have benefitted over 100,000 children in 22 provinces.
Sarah was made an Honorary Life Member of the M.C.C. in 2012 and received an OBE in 2013, in recognition of her workin Afghanistan.