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Afghanistan report: A return to humanitarian action
Since being forced to halt activities in Afghanistan in 2004 due to the killing of five staff members, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has witnessed the overall situation for the Afghan people getting worse. This motivated MSF to resume work in Afghanistan in 2009, as the country was becoming more insecure and access to health services remained problematic for a large number of Afghans.
MSF now works in Ahmed Shah Baba hospital on the eastern side of Kabul, which will be developed into a district hospital that provides a wide range of medical services, including emergency care. MSF also supports the ailing hospital in Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province in the very heart of the conflict.
The report below, by Michiel Hofman, head of mission for MSF in Afghanistan, and Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director of MSF, explores the challenges of working in a context as insecure and highly politicised as Afghanistan.