IDP camp in Herat
Decades of conflict have ruined Afghanistan’s economy and infrastructure and many people rely on humanitarian aid.

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)

"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

Afghans to lose vital international aid at time of most urgent need

Press Release 19 Dec 2000

Fear of increase in food shortages

Project Update 15 Dec 2000

Some 10,000 Afghan IDPs stuck on border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan

Project Update 11 Dec 2000

No safe home

Project Update 7 Nov 2000

IDP situation deteriorates in Herat

Project Update 16 Oct 2000

MSF expresses grave concern for Afghan refugees

Press Release 15 Sep 2000

Cholera and looming food crisis in Afghanistan

Project Update 13 Sep 2000

Tens of thousands of civilians displaced in northern Afghanistan

Press Release 8 Sep 2000

Drought in Afghanistan serious, but elusive

Project Update 25 Aug 2000

MSF and other aid organisations evicted from Kabul

Press Release 21 Jul 1998

Commentary on the Memorandum of Understanding

Project Update 21 Jul 1998
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