9-2 | The international medical-humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is assisting wounded patients in the town of Galcaayo in the Mudug Region of Somalia. Heavy fighting broke out on Thursday (1/9/11) in the town, leading to many casualties including among civilians. The hospital in Galcaayo North, partly supported by MSF, has treated 60 wounded, most of them civilians, while 20 wounded have been treated so far at an MSF-run hospital in the southern part of the city. Until now, the fighting is reported to have claimed 18 lives.
8-24 | In recent years, Afghanistan’s Helmand province has seen some of the bloodiest and relentless fighting in the whole of the country. Large numbers of people have been displaced, and for most, accessing medical care remains a constant challenge. Faced with such enormous needs, Médecins Sans Frontières（MSF） commenced work at Boost hospital in Lashkargah, the capital of the province, a year and a half ago. The 155-bed hospital is now one of only two fully functioning referral hospitals in the whole of southern Afghanistan.
4-12 | Following an attack against a military bus in the suburb of Ahmed Shah Baba in eastern Kabul on Saturday, April 9, 2011, seven people with medium to severe injuries were treated in the emergency department of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported Ahmed Shah Baba Hospital.MSF medical staff worked with the hospital’s emergency room team to treat the wounded patients, who were suffering from blast-related injuries, including severe burns and open fractures.
1-12 | This piece was originally published in english on ForeignPolicy.com's AfPak ChanneBy Michiel HOFMANAs dissection of the Obama Administration’s Afghanistan strategy review continues, lost in the debate is the reality for Afghans trapped in the middle of this nine-year war. For them, seeking assistance provided by either side in the conflict has become almost as dangerous as going without it.
12-6 | MSF started working again in Afghanistan in October 2009, after a five-year absence following the assasination of five colleagues in Badghis province in June 2004. MSF’s return was motivated by an overall worsening in healthcare provision as the country became once again engulfed by war. The Afghan population has been trapped for years in conditions of poverty and a general lack of access to medical treatment, particularly to secondary health care.