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August 20, 2014

This story appears in the Summer 2014 issue of Dispatches, the MSF Canada magazine. To download the complete magazine or to read previous issues, please visit our Publications page.

 

By Claudia Blume

After more than a decade of international aid and investment, Afghans continue to struggle to access critical medical care due to insecurity, distance, cost and the dysfunction of many health facilities.

July 21, 2014

Heavy fighting in central and northern Helmand Province between the Afghan forces and opposition forces has led to an increase in the numbers of war-wounded presenting to the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)-supported Boost Hospital, in Lashkargah. During the most intense phase of the fighting, from June 21 to July 5, MSF medical teams working in the hospital treated 68 patients with injuries related to the clashes.