This lack of safety and security prevents life from returning to anything resembling normal. Over the last four decades, war has destroyed the local economy, making it very difficult to earn a living. It also prevents children and young adults from going to school and receiving the education and training that would enable them to improve their prospects.
The national heath system has also been deeply damaged by war. Insufficient access to safe drinking water, and outbreaks of tuberculosis and malaria add to the pressures upon it.
2014 was the worst year in the history of EMERGENCY’s presence in Afghanistan. Overall, 2014 saw 146% more war related admissions in EMERGENCY War Surgery centres in Afghanistan than in 2010. The situation is continuing to get worse: the UN reported that casualties in 2015 reached a record high, and saw an unprecedented number of child casualties.
Between December 1999 and June 2016, EMERGENCY treated over 4,845,000 people in Afghanistan.
We have built and managed a Surgical and Medical Centre and a Maternity Centre in the Panjshir Valley, a Surgical Centre in Kabul, a Surgical Centre in Lashkar-Gah, a network of 40 First Aid Posts (FAPs) and Primary Health Clinics (PHCs), and a programme of medical assistance in the largest prisons in the country and in local orphanages. We are in the final stages of an expansion project at the Anabah Maternity Centre in the Panjshir Valley.