Khost, 22 September 2022 (TDI): Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has provided free neonatal and maternal healthcare to women in Khost, Afghanistan, since 2012.

MSF further reported that from January to June 2022, the organization has admitted over 11,900 patients. Along with this, MSF has assisted more than 10,000 deliveries in its local maternity hospital.

MSF efforts in Afghanistan

MSF outreach teams have been helping the regional health centers to enhance their ability to offer care for pregnant women and infants. Likewise, it has also been providing support for referrals.

As per the 2021 report, the 60-bed patient department, an 8-bed birth unit, and a 28-bed newborn unit with a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit had been provided in the Khost facility by the organization.

Along these lines, two surgery rooms, and a special kangaroo mother care space are included in the Khost Maternity facility. The venture encourages mothers to make skin-to-skin contact with their children.

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Apart from this, MSF has also been offering family planning services, and neonatal vaccines, and is actively engaged in health promotion initiatives.

Médecins Sans Frontières: An Overview 

Following the violence and starvation in Biafra, Nigeria, ‘Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ was established in France in 1971.

It was established by a group of medical professionals and journalists. Their goal was to create a free-standing organization with the sole purpose of providing prompt, efficient, and unbiased emergency medical aid to anyone in need.

It consists of teams that are surrounded in different regions and provide emergency medical aid to people who are in need of immediate healthcare. It has been performing its best in humanitarian projects in over seventy countries.

Since its establishment in 1971, MSF teams have provided care for tens of millions of individuals. MSF also received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 in ‘honor of the organization’s pioneering humanitarian work on numerous continents.’