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
On the Greek / Macedonian Border at Idomeni

Thousands stranded as new arbitrary border restrictions expose refugees to violence

Crisis Update 23 Feb 2016
Portrait of a Man from Pakistan

"My work is a real opportunity to help those in need, just like me."

Voices from the Field 28 Jan 2016
Kunduz Hospital After the Attack

Updated death toll – 42 people killed in the US airstrikes on Kunduz hospital

Statement 12 Dec 2015
Kunduz 1 Month After Commemoration - Spain
Kunduz hospital attack

MSF delivers petition calling for investigation into hospital attack

Press Release 9 Dec 2015

Statement by Christopher Stokes, MSF General Director

Statement 25 Nov 2015
In Memoriam: MSF colleagues killed in the Kunduz Trauma Centre attack

In Memoriam: MSF colleagues killed in the Kunduz Trauma Centre attack

Project Update 24 Nov 2015
Kunduz Hospital Aftermath - 14 Oct 2015
Attacks on medical care

Kunduz, Afghanistan, 36°43’4.91’’N, 68°51’43.96’’

Opinion 10 Nov 2015

Press briefing from Kabul on Kunduz attack

Press Release 5 Nov 2015
After Infographic EN
Kunduz hospital attack

MSF releases internal review of the Kunduz hospital attack

Press Release 5 Nov 2015
Kunduz hospital attack

Interactive map of our Trauma Hospital in Kunduz before and after the attack

Project Update 4 Nov 2015
Journal article

Primer: Protection of medical services under International Humanitarian Law

3 Nov 2015
Journal article
MSF staff in Kunduz

MSF staff gather In Kunduz

Project Update 30 Oct 2015
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4 December 2018