MSF gives birth to new hospital in Khost, Afghanistan

A new hospital awaits pregnant women in eastern Afghanistan’s Khost province.

The international humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières has announced Monday (March 5) the opening of a 56-bed maternity hospital that will provide high-quality health care to pregnant women in the region. Unhealthy conditions and the lack of skilled assistance have put the lives of most women giving birth in the country at risk.

The hospital, the first specialized center of its kind in the area, has a delivery room that offers obstetric care for normal and complicated deliveries. It also has an operating theater for emergency obstetric surgery and a neonatal ward for newborns that need specialized care.

All health care services and medicines will be free of charge. In addition, a strict no-weapons policy will be enforced in the hospital — as in Ahmed Shah Baba Hospital in eastern Kabul and Boost Hospital in Lashkarga, Helmand province, where MSF staff members work. Only female doctors will tend to the patients.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.