MSF Afghan Crisis Appeal
For Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Afghanistan is not a hopeless cause. Our teams are delivering life-saving medical care to people caught in the crisis.
The struggling healthcare system is now at breaking point after years of instability, lack of funding and devastating conflict
What is MSF doing?
We're running five projects, including hospitals, in some of the largest cities to provide both emergency and everyday medical care
We’re independently funded and free to act fast: when other organisations left or had funding cut after the Taliban takeover, we continued saving lives
"Right now… it feels like when people come to us we are their last option"
An MSF medic, anonymised to protect their identity, working in Herat city
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The Afghan Crisis Appeal will fund MSF’s work in Afghanistan, as well as supporting our work in neighbouring countries
EXPLAINED: THE HEALTHCARE CRISIS IN AFGHANISTAN
What is the situation for people in Afghanistan?
In August, Afghanistan was taken over by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA, also known as the Taliban) after months of sometimes fierce clashes with government forces. By the time the fighting had stopped, thousands of people had died and many more were injured.
Key international donors suspended aid to Afghanistan following the takeover. Today, the situation remains unstable. Chronic insecurity 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 our projects are vital for them to access healthcare.
What is MSF doing in Afghanistan?
We first began working in Afghanistan in 1980. Right now, we are running five projects in some of the country’s largest provincial capitals – Lashkar Gah and Kandahar, both in the south, Herat in the west, Kunduz in the north, and Khost in the east.
Our 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.
Why is MSF different?
MSF UK is independently funded by people like you. This means we are not influenced by political agendas; we can go wherever the need is greatest. Our teams can act fast and deliver emergency medical aid in crisis zones around the world.
Since August 2021, billions of dollars of international aid to Afghanistan have been put on hold, with ordinary people suffering the consequences. However, our vital independent funding has allowed us to continue working through the chaos and treat people in desperate need.
In Afghanistan, our hospitals have been caught in the crossfire – but we’ve kept our doors open and we’ve saved lives.