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MSF concludes emergency earthquake response mission in Afghanistan

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced that this organization has ended its mission in the earthquake-affected areas in eastern Afghanistan after 5 weeks.

Doctors Without Borders announced that it has ended its mission after 5 weeks of presence in the earthquake-affected areas of Khost and Paktika provinces.

Doctors Without Borders left the earthquake affected areas after establishing a temporary clinic in “Barmal” city of Paktika province to to provided trauma care and other medical care to the community affected by the earthquake . In five weeks, MSF teams treated more than 1,380 patients

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake in eastern Afghanistan left more than 1,300 dead and more than 6,000 injured. Thousands of houses were also completely destroyed or severely damaged. “Spireh” city of Khost and “Gyan” and “Barmel” cities of Paktika suffered the most damage.

“Gaetan Drossart”, the representative of Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan, explaining the end of the mission of this organization, said: “The decision to close our activities after a few weeks was [made] given the emergency nature of our response and the fact that other organizations were increasing their activities in Bermal. But access to health care in the area needs to be improved in a longer-term, sustainable way.”  

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