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)

"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

Initial reaction to public release of U.S. military investigative report on the attack on MSF trauma hospital

Press Release 29 Apr 2016
Dasht-e-Barchi public district hospital in Kabul
Photo Story

Maternity service in the district public hospital of Dasht-e-Barchi

26 Apr 2016
Photo Story
Dasht-e-Barchi, Afghanistan

The number of deliveries has doubled since the project opened

Voices from the Field 26 Apr 2016
Dasht-e-Barchi maternity in Kabul

“A postpartum haemorrhage can happen to anyone”

Voices from the Field 26 Apr 2016
Dasht-e-Barchi public district hospital in Kabul

Nurturing premature babies with their mothers’ embrace

Project Update 26 Apr 2016
Samos island, Greece

Will they kill us here in Europe?

Voices from the Field 13 Apr 2016
Trauma Centre Kunduz
Kunduz hospital attack

What has been lost

Voices from the Field 3 Apr 2016
Interior of the MSF Hospital In Kunduz
Kunduz hospital attack

6 months later

Project Update 3 Apr 2016
Kunduz Hospital Aftermath - 14 Oct 2015
Kunduz hospital attack

This is my story

Voices from the Field 3 Apr 2016
Overcrowded transit camp in Idomeni
Mediterranean migration

EU Migration Crisis Update - March 2016

Crisis Update 21 Mar 2016
Assistance for refugees in Serbia
Mediterranean migration

EU Migration Crisis Update - February 2016

Project Update 24 Feb 2016
On the Greek / Macedonian Border at Idomeni

Thousands stranded as new arbitrary border restrictions expose refugees to violence

Crisis Update 23 Feb 2016
Up Next
4 December 2018