MSF is supporting the Ministry of Health and regional health authorities in their COVID-19 response in several locations around Afghanistan.
Kabul, the capital, has surpassed Herat as the outbreak’s epicentre in Afghanistan, but as testing is still limited it is difficult to determine the true scale of the spread. We have completed preparedness activities in the Afghanistan-Japan Hospital, the designated COVID-19 referral hospital, with a focus on training, reorganisation of patient flow, and triage. Following the attack on Dasht-e-Barchi on 12 May however, our teams have withdrawn from this support.
In the COVID-19 treatment centre in Herat, MSF’s support has focused on infection prevention and control, while also launching outreach activities in camps for internally displaced people. In late June we opened a new 32-bed COVID-19 treatment centre in Gazer Ga hospital, which allows our teams to care for severe COVID-19 patients and relieve the pressure on existing, overwhelmed treatment centres.
In Lashkar Gah, MSF is providing technical support for management of the COVID-19 facility set up in Malika Suraya hospital.
In Kunduz, wound care clinic activities have been temporarily suspended, as have the MSF activities west of the city in the small stabilisation clinic in Chardara district. Some construction activities in our various projects have been put on hold. We are collaborating with Kunduz Regional Hospital to provide infection prevention and control training to ensure better protection of their frontline medical and support staff.
In MSF projects around the country, infection prevention and control and all other necessary preventive measures have been implemented to protect against transmission inside our facilities.
Closed COVID-19 projects in Afghanistan
Following the attack on Dasht-e-Barchi hospital on 12 May, our teams have withdrawn from the Afghanistan-Japan Hospital, the designated COVID-19 referral hospital in Kabul. During our time at the centre, our staff completed preparedness activities with hospital staff, with a focus on training, reorganisation of patient flow, and triage.