Afghanistan

Latest info - March 2017: Reducing risks for pregnant women


Activities

MSF focuses on improving access to emergency, paediatric and maternal healthcare in Afghanistan, which has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

After a US military airstrike destroyed its trauma centre in Kunduz, killing 42 people, in October 2015, MSF engaged in negotiations regarding the neutrality of medical care with all parties to the conflict. At the end of 2016, MSF finally obtained commitments that its staff and patients would be respected, and care could be provided to everyone in need, regardless of their ethnicity, political beliefs or allegiances. Although hard to guarantee in an active conflict zone, MSF believes these commitments will allow it to evaluate the possibility of resuming trauma care activities in Kunduz in 2017.

The conflict in Afghanistan continued to intensify in 2016. MSF’s other projects in the country remained operational, with the number of patients increasing due to growing medical needs.. A quarter of all the births assisted by MSF worldwide are in Afghanistan, and teams helped deliver more than 66,000 babies this year.

Read more about MSF's activities in Afghanistan in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1980.

 

2016 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 328,100
Births assisted 66,000
Surgical interventions 5,500
No. staff in 2016 2,200
2016 Expenditure €25.1 million

 

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