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  • Medical Assistance

Our Work


Dasht-e-Barchi hospital, Kabul

  • The area of Dasht-e-Barchi has over one million inhabitants but only one public hospital and three public health centres.
  • November 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières opened a maternity department and a new obstetric department within the hospital, providing free, around-the-clock care for women presenting with complications in pregnancy or labour, and for seriously ill newborns.
  • The 46-bed facility includes a delivery room, an intensive care unit for women and newborns, an inpatient department and an operating theatre. 
  • In eastern Kabul, Médecins Sans Frontières continued to upgrade Ahmad Sha Baba hospital, by increasing bed capacity and training staff. The hospital is now the most important maternal health facility in Bagrami and surrounding districts, with operating theatres and surgeons available at all times.
  • This year, the team assisted 14,968 deliveries, performed 949 surgical procedures and carried out 10,094 antenatal consultations.


Trauma centre, Kunduz

  • In the northern province of Kunduz, the Médecins Sans Frontières trauma centre provides free surgical care to those with conflict-related injuries, as well as to victims of general trauma such as traffic accidents, and people with moderate and severe head injuries.
  • The intensive care unit was expanded and the total bed capacity in the hospital was increased to 70.
  • Staff treated a total of 22,193 people and performed 5,962 surgical procedures as well as assisting in the delivery of 15,204 babies.


Khost maternity hospital

  • The hospital in Khost is the only specialised maternity hospital in the area, and it aims to provide a safe environment for women to give birth.
  • Staff assisted in the delivery of 15,204 babies; approximately one in three children born in Khost province was delivered in the MSF hospital in 2014.


Emergency assistance in Gulan refugee camp

  • Tens of thousands of people fleeing a military offensive in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan crossed the border into Afghanistan, seeking refuge in Khost, Paktia and Paktika provinces.
  • From July to September 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières teams provided assistance with medical care and water and sanitation in Gulan refugee camp.
  • Teams focused on measles vaccinations for children aged six months to 15 years – more than 2,900 were vaccinated.
  • A clinic was set up in the camp, where a medical team treated on average 100 patients per day.
  • Once the basic services were up and running, Médecins Sans Frontières handed over the medical and sanitation activities to other humanitarian organisations who could provide longer-term support to the refugees.


Boost hospital, Lashkargah, Helmand province

  • A Médecins Sans Frontières team continued to support Boost hospital with surgery, internal medicine, emergency services and maternal, paediatric and intensive care.
  • The 285-bed facility admitted around 2,480 patients and performed 300 surgical procedures each month.
  • The maternity ward’s capacity was expanded from 40 to 60 beds and 9,207 babies were delivered in 2014.
  • Malnutrition remains one of the main causes of child mortality in Helmand province and the hospital’s therapeutic feeding centre treated 2,200 severely malnourished children this year. 


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Médecins Sans Frontières has been in working in Afghanistan since 1980 and at the end of 2014 Médecins Sans Frontières had 1,738 staff in Afghanistan.