Afghanistan: MSF to resume medical activities in Khost
Kabul/Khost, October 17 2012 – The independent medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will resume medical activities in its maternity hospital in Khost Province, Afghanistan. MSF suspended its activities following an explosion in the hospital in April, 2012.
The decision to restart medical services was made after a meeting on 27 August between MSF staff and leading community members, including representatives from all districts of the eastern
“We are reopening the hospital because of the overwhelming messages of support for MSF we received from the community, and because of the reassurances that our patients and medical staff will be safe inside the hospital,” said Benoit De Gryse, MSF’s Country Representative in
In April a bomb exploded inside the maternity hospital, injuring seven people. The attack occurred six weeks after MSF opened the facility, where more than 600 women had already delivered babies.
“Current circumstances make it possible for our teams in Khost to resume providing free, high-quality medical care for pregnant women, particularly those who cannot afford to pay for treatment and those suffering complicated pregnancies and deliveries.”
Prior to re-opening the hospital before the end of the year, necessary logistical work will be carried out and an all-female team of Afghan medical staff, including midwifes and nurses, will be recruited to work alongside international colleagues. These staff are essential for the resumption of high-quality medical care in the hospital.
Support from the community, and respect for the safety and security of patients, health facilities, and medical staff, make it possible for MSF to work in three other locations in
MSF medical teams also work in