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

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
Emergency at Boost hospital Afghanistan

"Conflict still rages and humanitarian needs will only grow"

Voices from the Field 30 Aug 2013

A maternity hospital in Khost

Project Update 30 Aug 2013

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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