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The BMJ Annual Appeal 2021-22

The BMJ’s annual appeal is this year supporting the work of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries.

Why Afghanistan?

In Afghanistan, the struggling healthcare system is now at breaking point after years of instability, lack of funding and devastating conflict. 

Following the takeover by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (also known as the Taliban) in August 2021, billions of dollars of international aid were put on hold, with ordinary people suffering the consequences.

Today, the situation remains unstable. A dire economic crisis has hit everyday life and essential services, in particular access to medical care.

Already under-resourced, understaffed, and under pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare system is now on the edge of collapse.

Hospitals and clinics across the country have been forced to close and those that remain open face severe shortages of medicines, equipment, and staff. As a result, people in need have few places to turn to so MSF's projects are vital for them to access healthcare.

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The BMJ Appeal 2021-22 is being generously supported by The Green Room Charitable Trust. Up to £50,000 in funding has been made available to match donations received before 31 January 2022. This means that your support will go even further.

MSF's Afghan Crisis Appeal will fund MSF’s work in Afghanistan, as well as supporting its work in neighbouring countries.

Mothers feeding their children at an MSF centre treating malnourished infants in Herat. October 2021. Caption
Mothers feeding their children at an MSF centre treating malnourished infants in Herat. October 2021.

Why MSF?

MSF is an international medical humanitarian organisation that first began working in Afghanistan in 1980.

MSF relies on donations from private individuals and organisations for the majority of its income.

This private funding means MSF is not influenced by political agendas and can respond wherever needs are greatest.

It was in large part why MSF was able to keep working in Afghanistan following the takeover by the IEA in August.

How will your donation be spent?

MSF is running five major projects throughout the country – Lashkar Gah and Kandahar, both in the south, Herat in the west, Kunduz in the north, and Khost in the east.

MSF’s teams – comprised of mainly Afghan but also international staff – are delivering both emergency and everyday healthcare to vulnerable people who might otherwise be cut off from medical aid.

This work includes treating people wounded by war, caring for malnourished children and helping pregnant women safely welcome new life into uncertain times.

In Afghanistan, MSF’s hospitals have been caught in the crossfire – but their doors have been kept open and have saved lives. Help MSF continue to care for people in desperate need. Please give as generously as you can.

Map of MSF activities in Afghanistan Caption
Map of MSF projects in Afghanistan