Andar is a district in the province of Ghazni, halfway between Kabul and Kandahar– one of the areas most hard-hit by the war in Afghanistan.
The population is approximately 100,000 people and there is little or no basic healthcare. There are no vaccinations, limited access to medicine, and some clinics are closed for safety reasons. Due to the lack of security on main roads, it’s very difficult to cross the borders out of the district to reach a hospital.
In the past few months, we have heard many stories of delayed travel and long negotiations at checkpoints. The wounded often have to travel for hours to reach the nearest hospital, and this difficult journey on damaged, unsafe roads, must take place before even the most basic treatment is received.
These setbacks put lives and limbs at risk, often withholding urgent treatment from patients until it is too late. For many victims of war injuries, immediate intervention means the difference between life and death.Recently we opened new First Aid Post in Andar, our 43rd in Afghanistan. The wounded will be stabilized there and, if necessary, taken by ambulance to the EMERGENCY Surgical Center in Kabul. War casualties need immediate medical stabilization and quick, safe transfer to a hospital.
As soon as we opened our doors, the first patient, injured in the abdomen by a fire-arm, received urgent medical attention. This new First Aid Post, which will save the lives and limbs of many civilian war victims in Andar, has been made possible by the generosity of our donors. Thank you!
— Michela, EMERGENCY Nurse in Andar, Afghanistan
To learn more about EMERGENCY’s programs and issues of health in Afghanistan, watch a web conversation with Nafisa Abdullah and Eric Talbert here. If you would like to help support the development of new programs such as First Aid Posts to help Afghan civilians, please click here to donate now.