Last update: January, 2016

On Saturday 3 October 2015 the MSF Trauma centre in Kunduz was hit several times during sustained bombing by coalition forces, and was very badly damaged.

The total number of dead is known to be at least 42, including 24 patients, 14 staff and 4 caretakers.

MSF had informed all fighting parties of hospital GPS coordinates.

This attack constitutes a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law.

MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body.

Read more about this tragic event.

In Afghanistan, MSF supports the Ministry of Public Health in Ahmad Shah Baba hospital in eastern Kabul, Dasht-e-Barchi maternity in western Kabul and Boost hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province. In Khost, in the east of the country, MSF runs a maternity hospital. MSF relies only on private funding for its work in Afghanistan and does not accept money from any government. MSF opened Kunduz Trauma Centre in August 2011 to provide high quality, free medical and surgical care to victims of trauma such as traffic accidents, as well as those with conflict related injuries from bomb blasts or gunshots.

2014 Activities from 2014 International Activity Report

After more than a decade of international aid and investment, access to basic and emergency medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited and ill-adapted to meet the growing needs created by the ongoing conflict.

In February 2014, MSF published a report entitled Between Rhetoric and Reality: The Ongoing Struggle to Access Healthcare in Afghanistan, which revealed the serious and often deadly risks that people are forced to take to access medical care. It found that the majority of the 800 patients interviewed could not reach critical medical assistance due to insecurity, distance and cost. Of those who reached MSF hospitals, 40 per cent told us they had faced fighting, landmines, checkpoints or harassment on their journey. Their testimonies exposed a wide gap between what exists on paper in terms of healthcare and what is actually available.

Read more about MSF's activities in Afghanistan in 2014.

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1980.


2014 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 306,600
Births assisted 39,600
Surgical interventions 7,800
No. staff in 2014 1,738
2014 Expenditure €24.8 million

Figures from 2014 International Activity Report
and 2014 International Financial Report

Activity Reports

Financial Reports