Afghanistan has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world and giving birth there is an enormous risk to each woman. Many in the poorer areas, e.g. Helmand, have no access to hospitals. Medical care must generally be paid for (unless there is a charitable hospital), and when living in a hand to mouth existence (on the absolute limit of survival), paying for hospital treatment is simply not going to happen.
– Medical Support Officer, Afghanistan
Healthcare in a conflict zone is a disaster. At every level. From a chance contacts at a conference that gets an oximeter to Balkh, to Rotary Clubs with reach in Jalalabad, we’re looking for ways to get equipment and the essential training programme in each box, to places where it’s needed.