Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah

Afghanistan - Lashkar-gah


Patients treated in OPD


Surgical interventions


Start of activities

Over 30% of the patients admitted at the Lashkar-Gah Surgical Centre are under the age of 14.


EMERGENCY opened the Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah in 2004. The hospital is the only free specialist trauma facility in Helmand province.

Helmand Province has been one of Afghanistan’s most volatile regions over the previous two decades of fighting, with large numbers of casualties.  

In order to provide immediate assistance to those in need, EMERGENCY established First Aid Posts (FAPs)in the remote districts neighbouring Lashkar-Gah, such as Grishk, Garmsir, Marjia, Sangin, Musa Qala, and Urmuz. In these facilities, our local medics provide crucial emergency care to patients. When necessary, patients are stabilised and then transferred to our hospital in Lashkar-Gah by ambulances which operate 24/7.

The hospital has been open and fully operational throughout the numerous phases of the conflict since 2001. The Lashkar-Gah 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 Lashkar-Gah Surgical Centre remains open and committed to continuing operations uninterrupted. 


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As with many EMERGENCY facilities, the Afghan Ministry of Health has officially recognised the Lashkar-Gah Surgical Centre as a training facility for emergency surgery and traumatology. A core component of EMERGENCY’s work – in all its hospitals and medical facilities – is close partnership with, and training of, local medical professionals and ancillary staff. 

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EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre in Lashkar-Gah is funded by the European Union

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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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