Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-gah

Afghanistan - Lashkar-gah

128,922

Patients treated in OPD

44,838

Surgical interventions

2004

Start of activities

In the epicentre of the Afghan conflict, a hospital for the victims of a war that continues despite growing public indifference.

In the south of Afghanistan, the situation is out of control and the Helmand province has become the most dangerous in the Country. Starting more than a year ago, the Taliban have intensified fighting in Musa Qala, Naw Zad and Kajaki, northern Helmand, to strengthen their control over opium production areas. At the same time, they have launched offensives in the villages of Garmsir, Nahr-e-Seraj, Nad-e-Ali, Nawae-Barakzai in an attempt to surround Lashkar-gah.

The spread of fighting has often made movement impossible even for ambulances, preventing access to care for victims.

An ever increasing commitment

In October 2016, fighting arrived just a few miles away from the capital: in that month we recorded the highest number of injuries since the opening of the hospital in 2004: 375 patients admitted for a total of 759 surgical procedures. “Even today, there are daily fightings between the Taliban and the army: “They always bomb at night, 4-5 km from here” says Roberto, nurse.

To respond to the emergency, we expanded the hospital in 2016 with new physiotherapy and medication rooms.

In order to help the population of faraway villages, we have, over the years, opened a network of First Aid Posts in the area, most recently in 2016 in Shoraki, a village in the Lashkar-gah belt.

The training of Afghan staff

Like the hospital in Kabul, the Lashkar-gah hospital was also officially recognised as a training centre for emergency surgery and traumatology from the Ministry of Public Health. During 2016, six Afghan surgeons continued their training courses.

A sign of Peace

The EMERGENCY Surgery Center for Lashkar-gah War Victims is dedicated to the Italian journalist and peace advocate Tiziano Terzani.

For more information

Project Sheet: EMERGENCY Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-gah, Afghanistan

VIDEO
Afghanistan: What We're Leaving Behind

November 2014. As international troops leave Afghanistan, violence and fighting continue to spread. The number of civilian casualties is increasing steadily to this day. From our Lashkar-gah hospital, Vice News’ Ben Anderson shows us the real cost of war (contains graphic images).

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