Victims of war in Afghanistan receive free healthcare, with the support of Italian NGO

Damage after the bomb attack in Kabul Damage after the bomb attack in Kabul © AP

28 June 2016
Emergency Hospital in Afghanistan treats any person wounded in war.

In 1999, Italian surgeon Dr. Gino Strada founded Emergency, an international nongovernmental organization in Afghanistan, with the simple mandate of providing free, first-class healthcare to war victims, regardless of who they are.

In 2015, around 50,000 civilians, government forces and Taliban combatants were killed or injured in Afghanistan, and that number is expected to rise this year. The emergency hospital in Lashkar Gah is providing more beds to accommodate the wounded as an increase in casualties is in the offing.

Dr. Strada was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in October 2015, and commended by the jury of  the Swedish human rights prize for his “great humanity and skill in providing outstanding medical and surgical services to the victims of conflict and injustice, while fearlessly addressing the causes of war.”


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