Ahmad Shah Baba
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 two hospitals in Kabul and one in Helmand province, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health. We also run a maternity hospital in rural Khost province, and a drug-resistant tuberculosis programme in Kandahar.

In October 2015, US airstrikes destroyed our trauma centre in Kunduz, killing 42 people. The trauma centre has been closed since then, but the need for lifesaving trauma care remains extremely high.

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?

Gulan Camp Khost Province Afghanistan 2014

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

Press Release 31 Jul 2014

MSF cares for dozens of wounded following heavy fighting in central and northerm Helmand province

Project Update 18 Jul 2014
Journal article

Saving life and limb: limb salvage using external fixation, a multi-centre review of orthopaedic surgical activities in Médecins Sans Frontières

25 Jun 2014
Journal article
Kunduz Trauma Centre - Aug 2013

MSF treats 17 wounded after Kunduz bomb blast

Project Update 26 Mar 2014

Between rhetoric and reality: The ongoing struggle to access healthcare in Afghanistan

Report 25 Feb 2014

The ongoing struggle to access healthcare in Afghanistan

Press Release 25 Feb 2014

Preventative mobile clinics in Kabul

Project Update 30 Aug 2013
Photo Story
3 Jun 2013
Photo Story

MSF strongly condemns violence against humanitarian workers and facilities

Statement 30 May 2013
Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 2011

MSF treats victims of Kunduz bomb blast

Press Release 28 Jan 2013
MSF maternity hospital in eastern Khost province, Afghanistan

MSF reopens Khost maternity hospital

Project Update 2 Jan 2013
Hospital in Khost province, Afghanistan

MSF to resume medical activities in Khost

Press Release 17 Oct 2012
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