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More Than 50 International MSF Aid Workers Inside Afghanistan
November 30, 2001
Working from six cities—Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Taloqan, Faizabad, Kabul and Jalalabad—more than 50 international staff of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are providing essential medical aid to the population inside Afghanistan. The teams work independently from all warring parties. They are joined in their efforts by over 400 Afghan staff, many of whom kept MSF projects running during the two months that the majority of MSF's foreign staff was forced to leave the country due to security concerns.
Currently, the MSF teams are assessing the health facilities, assisting displaced populations, and addressing malnutrition. In and around
Herat, MSF works in two displaced camps where new people are arriving daily. MSF is running supplementary and therapeutic feeding centers to care for thousands of seriously malnourished children. MSF is also supporting the pediatric ward of the hospital in Herat.
Sar-i-Pol, MSF has vaccinated over 7,000 displaced children over the past week. The team has also distributed vitamin A supplements and screened the children for malnutrition. Further east, in and around
Taloqan, MSF has donated medicines to the hospital, resumed a mobile clinic in Bangi, and assessed the clinics in Khanabad. From here, the teams have also traveled to
Kunduz, the scene of fierce fighting over the past weeks, to carry out a medical assessment.
Faizabad, MSF teams are providing vital support to the main hospital. They are also working in health clinics in the towns of Baharak and Ishkashim. In
Kabul, MSF supports another hospital and three clinics, as they do in Gulbuhar in the Panjsher Valley. A new team arrived recently in
Jalalabadand plans to assist the displaced population at the onset of winter.
More international aid workers are on their way to Afghanistan and MSF hopes to expand its operations into outlying regions of the country.