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?


Working to improve paediatric care in Boost hospital Helmand province Afghanistan

Project Update 10 Jul 2010

MSF treats 24 patients following bomb blasts in Lashkargah

Project Update 23 Jun 2010

A return to humanitarian action

Report 12 Mar 2010

Overcoming war, violence, intimidation and fear in Helmand province, Afghanistan, to bring desperately needed medical care

Project Update 9 Mar 2010

Bleak living conditions in Afghanistan's Baghrami market

Project Update 12 Feb 2010

Empty hospital beds in the capital of Helmand, Afghanistan

Voices from the Field 10 Dec 2009

No guns, no fees in Ahmed Shah Baba hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan

Project Update 12 Oct 2009

MSF to support hospitals in Lashkar Gah and Kabul Afghanistan

Press Release 29 Jun 2009

Worrying situation for Afghans in Iran

Project Update 30 Jul 2008

Parents of murdered aid worker meet with Afghan president

Project Update 18 May 2005

The King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Prize Speech

Speech 11 Nov 2004

MSF leaves Afghanistan after 24 years

Project Update 24 Aug 2004
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