Bibi Amina holds her two-year-old daughter Gull Sima while she has her blood pressure taken by an MSF nurse at the MSF-run hospital for drug-resistant tuberculosis in Kandahar city. Afghanistan, 2022. © Lynzy Billing

Staff in 2022 (full-time equivalents): 2,744 locally hired; 104 internationally hired Expenditure in 2022: $66 million


emergency room consultations


births assisted, including 2,100 cesarean sections


surgical interventions

As the security situation in Afghanistan improved in 2022, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) saw an increase in the number of people coming to our facilities. We ran seven programs in seven districts, with a focus on mother and child health, emergency care and tuberculosis (TB) treatment.

At the MSF-supported Boost hospital in Lashkar Gah, we saw a 32 per cent increase in patients compared to the previous year. This was in part because many health facilities in Helmand Province suspended or limited their activities due to a lack of funding, medical supplies and qualified healthcare workers. MSF supported the 340-bed hospital with a wide range of services, including surgery and maternal and pediatric healthcare.

In Kabul, MSF renovated the pediatric department of Maiwand teaching hospital and opened a measles ward and inpatient therapeutic feeding centre, while at our hospital in Khost, we offered neonatal and maternal care, with a special focus on complicated deliveries. At the same time, we provided medicines and funding for additional midwives in eight health centres across the province, so women without health risk factors could give birth closer to home.

In Herat regional hospital, MSF supported the pediatric department, the emergency room and the intensive care unit. We saw a 42 per cent increase in the number of children admitted to our feeding centre, almost half of them under six months old. MSF also admitted thousands of people for emergency care both in Herat and at our trauma centre in Kunduz.

In Kandahar, where MSF has been treating TB since 2016, we opened an inpatient feeding centre to respond to elevated levels of malnutrition among children. We also started a new project in Bamyan province to support the provincial hospital and completed the first phase of an assessment in three additional districts.