MSF condemns bombing, suspends activities in Khost

3,700 patients treated in first year

15 children treated every week

Staff treat fractures, head traumas, abdominal injuries

Community supports hospital’s critical maternity care

Following Saturday's bomb blast in the centre of the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) received 22 patients at its surgical hospital there. Five people were dead on arrival and two others died during surgery. Of the 17 people treated by MSF, 11 suffered life-threatening injuries and were in critical condition. Almost all of the patients sustained blast-related injuries including fractures, head trauma, and abdominal and chest injuries requiring specialized trauma surgery. 

Month in Focus - February 2013 Syria - Aid imbalances
Lebanon - Assistance for Syrian refugees
Mali - Tending to victims of the conflict
DRC - the measles challenge
South Sudan - fighting against sleeping sickness
Afghanistan - Improving access to healthcare

While there has been much progress in maternal healthcare in Afghanistan over the past decade, the country is still one of the most dangerous places in the world for a woman to give birth.