IDP camp in Herat
Decades of conflict have ruined Afghanistan’s economy and infrastructure and many people rely on humanitarian aid. Our teams are currently responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

MSF focuses on emergency, paediatric, and maternal healthcare in Afghanistan, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

We work in one hospital in Helmand province in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health. We run a maternity hospital in rural Khost province, a drug-resistant tuberculosis programme in Kandahar, and a wound care clinic in Kunduz. We also provide care to displaced people in Herat province.

Major attacks on MSF hospitals have occurred in recent years; in October 2015, US airstrikes destroyed our trauma centre in Kunduz, killing 42 people. An armed group attacked our maternity wing at Dasht-e-Barchi hospital in Kabul in May 2020, with 16 mothers and an MSF midwife among those killed. In the wake of the attack, we made the difficult decision to withdraw from the hospital in Kabul, leaving women in the area without critically-needed emergency obstetric care.

We are currently responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan.

WEBCLIP: Djoen Besselinck, back from Afghanistan (ENG)
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"There’s still very much an ongoing conflict in Afghanistan"

A country still at war

MSF country representative Djoen Besselink gave us an update on the situation in Afghanistan today.

Speaking at the end of 2018, Djoen describes a country still at war, and explains the impact of the long-term conflict on humanitarian needs and healthcare coverage – even in Kabul, a city flooded by a massive influx of people fleeing the active fighting in other areas of the country.

What are we doing in Afghanistan?

In 2019
 
Giving birth in DeB
Afghanistan

MSF withdraws from Dasht-e-Barchi following attack on patients and staff

Press Release 15 Jun 2020
 
Giving birth in DeB
Afghanistan

“As midwives in Afghanistan, we are the silent leaders of our country.”

Voices from the Field 10 Jun 2020
 
Revolting attack on pregnant women and babies
Afghanistan

Fifteen mothers confirmed killed in Kabul maternity wing attack

Project Update 3 Jun 2020
 
Revolting attack on pregnant women and babies
Afghanistan

“They came to kill the mothers” in Kabul maternity hospital attack

Voices from the Field 14 May 2020
 
Revolting attack on pregnant women and babies
Afghanistan

Revolting attack on maternity ward kills pregnant women and babies in Afghanistan

Press Release 13 May 2020
 
Boost Hospital, Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

Afghans face impossible choices in their struggle for medical care

Press Release 5 Mar 2020
 
Displaced families in Herat
Afghanistan

Reality check: Afghanistan's neglected healthcare crisis

Report 5 Mar 2020
 
Displaced families in Herat
Afghanistan

Living conditions deteriorate for displaced people in Herat

Project Update 24 Jul 2019
 
ASB Kabul
Afghanistan

Ahmad Shah Baba project is handed over to the Ministry of Public Health

Project Update 31 Mar 2019
 
Families suffering from displacement in Herat, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

The long struggle of displaced families to survive winter in Herat

Project Update 20 Mar 2019
 
Khost - Neonatal
Afghanistan

“My sister, I will take care of you”

Voices from the Field 3 Oct 2018
 
Khost Comic Images
Afghanistan

Illustrating MSF’s busiest maternity ward

Project Update 3 Oct 2018
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