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
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
MSF Trauma Centre In Kunduz, Afghanistan
Photo Story

One-year commemoration of the attack on the MSF Kunduz hospital

2 Oct 2016
Photo Story
Dr Erlend Grønningen - Boost Hospital, Helmand, Afghanistan

Empty beds are the face of war

Voices from the Field 26 Aug 2016
Boost Hospital, Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan

Patients still struggling to reach Boost hospital in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province

Project Update 26 Aug 2016
Boost Hospital, Lashkar Gah, Helmand, Afghanistan

Patient numbers falling in Helmand as intensifying conflict restricts access

Project Update 12 Aug 2016
Kunduz Hospital Aftermath - 14 Oct 2015

The attack on Kunduz trauma centre

Voices from the Field 1 Jul 2016
Greece: MSF mobile clinics with midwifes and psychlogist in Elliniko camp (Athens)

Voices from Elliniko

Voices from the Field 25 May 2016
Greece: MSF mobile clinics with midwifes and psychlogist in Elliniko camp (Athens)

Anxiety and depression in Elliniko sports stadium

Project Update 25 May 2016
Medical and mental healthcare for people displaced by violence in the Lake Chad area.

A call for action beyond summits - reflections on the World Humanitarian Summit

Report 23 May 2016
Mediterranean migration

The mismanagement and poor planning Europe is demonstrating is beyond belief

Project Update 12 May 2016
#safepassage action in Lesbos
Mediterranean migration

In 2016 who still counts as human?

Statement 12 May 2016
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4 December 2018