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)
video

"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 Trauma Centre - Aug 2013
Afghanistan

MSF treats 17 wounded after Kunduz bomb blast

Project Update 26 Mar 2014
 
Afghanistan

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

Report 25 Feb 2014
 
Afghanistan

The ongoing struggle to access healthcare in Afghanistan

Press Release 25 Feb 2014
 
MSF PROJECTS AFGHANISTAN - Kabul
Afghanistan

Preventative mobile clinics in Kabul

Project Update 30 Aug 2013
 
Emergency at Boost hospital Afghanistan
Afghanistan

"Conflict still rages and humanitarian needs will only grow"

Voices from the Field 30 Aug 2013
 
Afghanistan

A maternity hospital in Khost

Project Update 30 Aug 2013
 
Afghanistan

MSF strongly condemns violence against humanitarian workers and facilities

Statement 30 May 2013
 
Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 2011
Afghanistan

MSF treats victims of Kunduz bomb blast

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

MSF reopens Khost maternity hospital

Project Update 2 Jan 2013
 
Hospital in Khost province, Afghanistan
Afghanistan

MSF to resume medical activities in Khost

Press Release 17 Oct 2012
 
Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 2011
Afghanistan

MSF treats victims of bomb blast in Kunduz

Press Release 10 Sep 2012
 
Afghanistan

Tackling child malnutrition in Helmand

Project Update 19 Jul 2012
Up Next
4 December 2018