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
District Headquarter Hospital

Earthquake response – after initial influxes of injured, MSF assessing further needs

Crisis Update 28 Oct 2015
Kunduz Hospital After the Attack

Death toll from the MSF hospital attack in Kunduz still rising

Crisis Update 23 Oct 2015
Kunduz hospital attack

MSF launches petition drive for Afghanistan attack investigation

Press Release 15 Oct 2015
Solidarity Kunduz
Kunduz hospital attack

IHFFC awaits US, Afghanistan consent to proceed with independent investigation

Statement 14 Oct 2015
MSF Staff Killed and Hospital Partially Destroyed in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
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MSF under attack in Kunduz

12 Oct 2015
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Trauma Centre Kunduz
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The patients and stories of MSF's Kunduz hospital

7 Oct 2015
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Factsheet: Kunduz Hospital Attack

Project Update 7 Oct 2015

MSF calls for State activation of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to investigate Afghanistan bombing

Speech 7 Oct 2015

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) denounces blatant breach of International Humanitarian Law

Statement 6 Oct 2015

“I have no words to express this. It is unspeakable.”

Voices from the Field 3 Oct 2015

MSF demands explanations after deadly airstrikes hit hospital in Kunduz

Press Release 3 Oct 2015

“By midday our hospital was on the frontline, with fighting right outside the gate”

Voices from the Field 1 Oct 2015
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