March 5, 2010
Afghanistan 2009 © Pascale Zintzen /MSF
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been supporting the district hospital of Ahmed Shah Baba in eastern Kabul since October 2009. The population of Kabul has tripled over the last 10 years. Some people are fleeing conflict-torn areas for the relative safety of the capital, while others, pushed by poverty, are trying to make a living in Kabul. Returnees from Pakistan and other provinces of Afghanistan have also made their way back to the city. As a result, an already fragile health system suffering from almost 30 years of conflict has been stretched to its limit, leaving a great many people without access to medical care.
“It is written here on the card when I have to come back again, to make sure that Laila does not get sick,” explains Nasreen. All the necessary information is included on a card that allows the doctors to keep track of the child’s vaccination history. “There are so many people like me, who don’t have money, and can’t pay for help that they need. I used to ask people for money to go to the Bazaar [market] to buy medication, but now, I come here,” says Nasreen.
(* Names have been changed to protect the anonymity of the patients.)
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