Since the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, also known as the Taliban) entered Afghanistan’s capital Kabul and took power in August, MSF’s vital medical activities have continued in the country.

A large number of committed MSF doctors, nurses, midwives, specialists and other support staff are providing care and medical aid to those who need it most throughout the five regions where we are active in Afghanistan. We could not do this without your continued support.

Our urgent medical response continues

MSF has been supporting the Herat Regional Hospital’s 40-bed Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre

MSF has also been assisting the pandemic response in Herat by triaging COVID-19 cases in Herat Regional Hospital and setting up a COVID-19 treatment centre

Saving lives

MSF was able to continue its care for drug-resistant tuberculosis outpatients in Kandahar, by providing remote consultations and buffer stocks of medical supplies to avoid patients having to cross frontlines to access care

Essential Tuberculosis care has carried on, while MSF continues screening patients for TB

Providing care to people in peril

In the southeast, MSF runs a maternity hospital in Khost and supports eight comprehensive health centres in rural areas

Staff are continuing to work but it is getting more and more difficult due to lack of funding

Emergency trauma surgery

MSF’s new Kunduz Trauma Centre, which opened earlier than planned, continues to gradually expand its capacity

In October 2021, following an explosion in a mosque in Kunduz, the MSF team immediately implemented a mass casualty plan for the Kunduz Trauma Centre

MSF has been supporting the 300-bed Boost provincial hospital in Lashkar Gah. The hospital serves a population of approximately 1.3 million and is the only referral hospital in the province

MSF project locations in Afghanistan in 2021

MSF operations continue in our five project locations across Afghanistan: Herat, Kandahar, Khost, Kunduz, and Lashkar Gar. People can move more freely now that the fighting has mostly stopped in the provinces, and we have seen an increase in patient numbers in some of our projects, particularly Herat and Lashkar Gah. Healthcare systems across the country are under severe strain, and there are staff and equipment shortages, which means that patients may not be able to receive the care they require.

For many years, the Afghan health system has been understaffed, under-equipped, and under-funded, relying heavily on foreign donors. It has been teetering on the brink of collapse for a long time. If donations are halted, the healthcare system risks collapsing, with the people of Afghanistan bearing the brunt of the consequences. International donors must continue to support the Afghan people. Your support is what allows us to continue our vital medical humanitarian work in Afghanistan.