Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul

Afghanistan - Kabul

162,750

Patients treated in OPD

87,182

Surgical interventions

2001

Start of activities

The only free, specialist trauma surgery hospital in the Afghan capital.

 

Background

EMERGENCY’s Kabul Surgical Centre is one of the most important medical facilities in Afghanstan.

Work started here in 2000, when EMERGENCY began renovating and expanding a former nursery school in the centre of the capital city, Kabul. The nursery had been destroyed by a rocket, in an incident which killed five children. In April 2001, this site re-opened as a Surgical Centre for Victims of War, and was expanded further in 2015 to improve the facilities and increase the number of beds.  

The Kabul Surgical Centre houses an impressive number of facilities, including three operating theatres; an intensive care unit; an A&E; outpatient clinics; a laboratory and blood bank; a radiology department; and equipment for physiotherapy and CT scans. The centre also specialises in trauma surgery.  

The hospital has been open and fully operational throughout the numerous phases of the conflict since 2001. The Kabul Surgical Centre treated patients during the extremely volatile summer of 2021, culminating with the collapse of the Afghan government in August of that year. The Kabul Surgical Centre remains open and committed to continuing operations uninterrupted. 

Education

The Kabul Surgical Centre operates in line with EMERGENCY’s ethos of working to provide sustainable healthcare through the training of local staff. The Kabul hospital is officially recognised as a centre for specialist training in emergency surgery and traumatology. Additionally, we have designed and run courses for doctors and nurses from public hospitals on dealing with trauma and mass casualties.  

 

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The network of First Aid Posts in the area

The Kabul hospital is the reference centre for patients from the EMERGENCY First Aid Posts and Health Centres in Andar, Barakibarak, Gardez, Ghazni, Gurband, Chark-Logar, MaydanShahr, Mirbachakot, Pul I Alam, Sheikhabad, Tagab, EMERGENCY clinics within orphanages, the Kabul Reformation Juvenile Rehabilitation centre and the main prisons in the city.

For more information

Project Sheet: EMERGENCY Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul, Afghanistan

EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre in Kabul is funded by the European Union

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