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

Afghanistan: MSF hospital overwhelmed with wounded after heavy fighting in Kunduz

Press Release 30 Sep 2015
Trauma Centre Kunduz

MSF hospital overwhelmed after fighting in Kunduz 29 Sep 2015

On the refugee trail: “My dream is peace in Afghanistan”

Voices from the Field 9 Sep 2015

Testimonies from refugees and staff in Lesbos

Voices from the Field 4 Sep 2015
Refugee children of Kos
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Refugees in Kos stuck in appalling conditions

Project Update 26 Aug 2015

Greek authorities’ inaction turns into abuse of refugees in Kos

Project Update 12 Aug 2015
Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 2011

MSF condemns violent armed intrusion in hospital in Kunduz

Press Release 3 Jul 2015
Spring Offensive in the North of Afghanistan

Scores of wounded treated after heavy fighting in Kunduz province

Press Release 25 Jun 2015
Spring Offensive in the North of Afghanistan

MSF treats war wounded as spring offensive rages in the north

Press Release 19 May 2015
MSF new maternity in Kabul

A unit for “kangaroo mothers” in Kabul

Voices from the Field 6 Mar 2015
Mediterranean migration

EU and Greece turn their backs on refugees arriving at Greek islands

Press Release 3 Dec 2014
Gulan Camp Khost Province Afghanistan 2014

North Waziristan refugees in Afghanistan: MSF provides humanitarian aid in Gulan refugee camp

Press Release 31 Jul 2014
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