Cold war, holy war, war against terrorism... apparently Afghanistan sees nothing but war. In over 27 years, wars in Afghanistan have killed more than one and a half million people and created nearly four million refugees.
Many others have become victims of the widespread availability of firearms, or the countless landmines buried around the country. Others are victims of a modern day hazard: road traffic accidents. Unofficial figures speak of five children per day killed in road accidents in or around Kabul. Malnutrition, insufficient access to safe water, outbreaks of tuberculosis and malaria increase the pressures on an already inefficient national health system.
EMERGENCY’s involvement in Afghanistan began in 1999 when EMERGENCY built a Surgical Centre for War Victims in Anabah, a village in the Panjshir Valley, at the time under the control of Commander Massud, the leader of the Northern Alliance.
In 2001, EMERGENCY opened a second Surgical Centre in Kabul, which was under Taliban rule.
In 2003 EMERGENCY built a third Surgical Centre in Lashkar-gah, in Helmand province, where there was a total lack of specialized surgical facilities.
EMERGENCY has created a network of 37 First Aid Posts and Public Health Centres throughout the country, to guarantee the rapid treatment of patients and, if necessary, their transfer to hospital.
Since 2001, EMERGENCY has provided healthcare to some of the country’s prisons as well as running a cooperative to produce carpets offering employment to women in the Panjshir Valley.
Since December 1999 to December 2013 EMERGENCY has treated over 3,9 million people in Afghanistan.