Afghans have one of the lowest life expectancies – 60 years- and highest infant mortality rates -over 150 deaths per thousand live births- in the world. One of every four Afghan children dies before their first birthday. Continued armed conflict makes security a constant concern for Afghan civilians, who find it difficult to access basic services when much of the country is inaccessible to international help.
Hospital Management In Kabul, our teams work with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and local staff to modernise and boost the capacity of the Wazir Akbar Khan (WAK) hospital. We have helped hospital staff to develop effective administration systems, expand the use of information technology and modernise records systems.
In the remote and mountainous Paktika Province we operate at the main provincial hospital in the town of Sharan, in addition to smaller facilities elsewhere in the province that include district hospitals in Urgon and Khirkot and a chain of 20 healthcare centres. Collectively, these medical facilities serve a more than 400,000 people.
Mental Health and Substance Misuse Since January 2011, International Medical Corps has supported a 60-bed psychiatric hospital and affiliated drug dependency facility located in Kabul City. These facilities serve as the only public mental health hospital and drug abuse centre for the whole of Afghanistan.
Refugee and Returnee Services International Medical Corps provides health care in refugee and returnee camps along the border of Kunar and Nangarhar provinces. We support the reintegration of existing returnees and new arrivals into host communities and provide the only primary healthcare services targeting refugees and returnees in the region.
Since 2009, International Medical Corps has included a focus on the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) and care for GBV survivors in our refugee and returnee community health care programmes.