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)
video

"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
 
Khost Comic Images
Afghanistan

Illustrating MSF’s busiest maternity ward

Project Update 3 Oct 2018
 
Maternity Hospital in Khost, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

Treating mums and babies in Khost, Afghanistan

msf.org 26 Jan 2018
 
User fees - testimonies from CAR
Access to Healthcare

8 ways user fees for health are harmful to people

Project Update 11 Dec 2017
 
Destroyed Ambulances in East Ghouta, Syria
Global health

MSF urges G20 to take action on health issues

Press Release 6 Jul 2017
 
International Women's Day 2017
Website

No woman should die to give birth

msf.org
 
Dr Claire Fotheringham
Afghanistan

Reducing risks for pregnant women

Voices from the Field 6 Mar 2017
 
International Women's Day 2017
International Women's Day

Safe delivery care in Afghanistan

Project Update 1 Mar 2017
 
MSF-supported hospital in northern Syria destroyed in attack
Attacks on medical care

Hospital bombings: Building evidence with images

Project Update 15 Feb 2017
 
Afghanistan

Médecins Sans Frontières condemns brutal killing of ICRC staff

Statement 9 Feb 2017
 
Boost Hospital, Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

Many of those who left were in critical need of treatment

Voices from the Field 26 Oct 2016
 
Kunduz Hospital After the Attack
Kunduz hospital attack

Battlefields without doctors, in wars without limits

Crisis Update 3 Oct 2016
 
MSF Staff Killed and Hospital Partially Destroyed in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
Kunduz hospital attack

It’s all gone. It’s all gone…

Voices from the Field 2 Oct 2016
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4 December 2018