Tag: Afghanistan

Afghanistan: MSF’s new project aims to fill critical gaps in the provision of paediatric and neonatal care

“I really don’t know the pain she’s going through, but I am here with her hoping she gets better soon,” says Farida, the mother of nine-month-old Hadia.For two days, Hadia has refused to eat anything, even her favourite fruit, bananas....

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Afghanistan earthquakes: “What do we go back to?”

Since Saturday 7 October, Herat Province in western Afghanistan has been hit by three powerful earthquakes as well as innumerable aftershocks of varying strengths. At the Herat Regional Hospital, where Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs regular activities in the paediatric department, we donated...

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Afghanistan: MSF is responding to Herat earthquake

Western Afghanistan has experienced three 6.3-magnitude earthquakes and many aftershocks in less than two weeks in October. Together, the quakes and aftershocks have killed more than 2,000 people. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is supporting Herat Regional Hospital, which...

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MSF: Afghans deprived of healthcare by poverty, restrictions and a dysfunctional system

Kabul, 6 February 2023 – A dysfunctional health system, widespread poverty, and increased restrictions placed on women are at the heart of the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, according to a new report published by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today....

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Afghanistan: “It is difficult to know that we are something less”

The future of female patients and health workers in Afghanistan is being threatened by the recent decree issued by the Ministry of Economy prohibiting women from working for non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Though health workers, including MSF staff, are currently exempted...

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MSF condemns the ban on women working for NGOs and their erasure from public life in Afghanistan

After months of continuous restrictions placed on the female population of Afghanistan, limitations placed on their participation in everyday life, access to education, and most recently even the right to work for non-governmental organisations, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) strongly condemns...

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Afghanistan: The MSF hospital in Kandahar provides hope for people with TB

Jawahira was referred to the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) tuberculosis (TB) hospital in Kandahar earlier this year from a clinic in Daikundi, central Afghanistan. “I used to visit private clinics, but instead of giving me TB medication, they usually just...

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Afghanistan project update| October 2022

MSF staff continues to treat high numbers of patients for a wide range of health conditions in Afghanistan. In September, we assisted over 3,758 deliveries, admitted 905 severely malnourished children to our facilities, and provided ambulatory nutrition treatment to 989...

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Deadly earthquake in Khost and Paktika leaves hundreds killed and thousands injured

Following the earthquake that struck Khost and Paktika provinces in Afghanistan on the night of 21-22 June, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sent teams made up of medical and logistical staff to the worst-affected areas. Hundreds of people are thought to have been...

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“We rushed her to the red zone”: Saving a young life in Afghanistan

Her name was Tahera*. She had been brought to the MSF-supported Herat Regional Hospital the day before by her parents; with a red, blotchy rash spreading down her little body. After being assessed by our medical team she was admitted...

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Afghanistan: Measles poses deadly risk for malnourished children in Afghanistan

Zainab didn’t sleep well last night. The lights and the incessant beeping of the machines in the intensive care unit would keep anyone awake. But mainly she couldn’t sleep because she was worried about her one-year-old son, Takberullah. He also...

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Drug-resistant tuberculosis in Afghanistan: We must continue to put people at the center of treatment

In recent years, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been able to improve patients' experiences of care for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB), but the changing political situation threatens to derail this progress, writes Anita Mesic, MSF tuberculosis (TB), HIV, and hepatitis adviser. This...

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