Expanding Access to Urgent Maternal Health Care in Afghanistan | Doctors Without Borders
In September, our team assisted nearly 1,650 deliveries. Two months later, that number rose to over 2,000 deliveries in November. “We’ve had so many patients lately,” Cormack said. “We have had 73 deliveries in one team and the number of patients has increased in recent months. We know this is happening because public health facilities are closed and private doctors are very expensive. When women do not have the means to come for treatment and to give birth at home, they [face multiple risks] such as bleeding or high blood pressure disorders associated with pregnancy, [and have] no one to diagnose it.
Health workers across the country have worked tirelessly to continue providing care to pregnant women despite the withdrawal of funds from their facilities. “In the public system, we’ve heard of people pooling their money to buy medical items to keep their facilities open,” Cormack said. “If a woman needs a cesarean, she [contribute] purchase enough fuel for the generator to run during the procedure. This despite the fact that health workers and other civil servants have not been paid for months.
MSF also provided support to delivery units in eight local primary health facilities in the rural districts of Khost. Recently, our teams have contributed to additional maintenance to ensure that the facilities can continue to operate, for example providing fuel so that they can run at night, or kits for simple deliveries that include medicines, items. hat and a hat to keep the newborn warm. .
The organization that runs many local health centers in Khost districts has now received funding until January, but it is not yet clear what will happen after that. Until these centers are fully functioning and are used again by the community, our maternity hospital will continue to provide care to all women who need it.