The number of people living in Kabul has tripled over the past decade, with tens of thousands of displaced people fleeing more insecure areas of the country, and refugees returning from Pakistan. This has put a severe strain on health services.
Ahmad Shah Baba, in eastern Kabul, has a growing population of between 200,000 and 300,000 inhabitants. MSF started working in Ahmad Shah Baba district hospital in 2009.
MSF donates medicines and equipment to the hospital. In 2011, new women’s and paediatric outpatient departments were built. Some 550 babies are now born at the hospital every month, compared with 330 in 2010, while the outpatient department sees an average of 9,000 patients per month.
For more information on MSF's work in Afghanistan, visit msf.org.uk/afghanistan.focus