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
Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 2011

MSF treats victims of bomb blast in Kunduz

Press Release 10 Sep 2012

Tackling child malnutrition in Helmand

Project Update 19 Jul 2012

Providing surgical care

Project Update 21 May 2012

MSF condemns attack on medical facility and suspends activities in Khost

Press Release 17 Apr 2012

'No Weapons, No Fees' - MSF in Afghanistan

Project Update 6 Mar 2012
Hospital in Khost province, Afghanistan

MSF opens maternity hospital in Khost

Press Release 5 Mar 2012

MSF treats wounded after Kunduz protests

Press Release 26 Feb 2012

MSF treats victims of bomb blast in central Kunduz

Project Update 12 Dec 2011

MSF opens a surgical hospital in Kunduz

Project Update 18 Oct 2011

Immediate care given to victims of military bus attack in Afghanistan

Voices from the Field 12 Apr 2011

Dangerous aid in Afghanistan

Voices from the Field 12 Jan 2011

Working to improve paediatric care in Boost hospital Helmand province Afghanistan

Project Update 10 Jul 2010
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4 December 2018