Photo gallery: Healthcare challenges in AfghanistanPublished25 February 2014SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, MSF/Mikhail GalustovImage caption, Abdul and his eight-year-old daughter, Fatima, travelled 80km (50 miles) from home to seek medical care. The 250-bed hospital in Lashkar Gah serves a population of about one million in one of the provinces most affected by conflict. Photo: MSF/Mikhail Galustov.Image source, MSF/Mikhail GalustovImage caption, Medecins Sans Frontieres' trauma centre in Kunduz is the only surgical centre of its kind in the north. Staff treat victims of general trauma, as well as those with injuries from bomb blasts or gunshots. In 2013, about 17,000 patients were treated and 4,500 surgeries carried out in the hospital. Photo: MSF/Mikhail Galustov.Image source, Andrea Bruce/Noor ImagesImage caption, Women in most areas of Afghanistan require permission from their husbands to visit a health facility and are usually obliged to be accompanied by a male relative. If there is no man available to take them, this can delay or prevent them seeking medical care. Photo: Andrea Bruce/Noor Images.Image source, Andrea Bruce/Noor ImagesImage caption, Women who go into labour or experience bleeding in the late afternoon or at night are often unable to find free care nearby and have to either travel far at significant risk and cost, or to deliver at home. Without skilled medical help, they are more at risk of illness or death if they face complications. Photo: Andrea Bruce/Noor Images.Image source, Andrea Bruce/Noor ImagesImage caption, Deliveries have doubled over the past two years to reach an average of 1,000 per month. In more remote areas, many public clinics are only open in the morning, which does not fit with the reality of labour, as women need access to delivery services at any time. Photo: Andrea Bruce/Noor Images.Image source, MSF/Mikhail Galustov Image caption, The conflict not only injures and kills people directly, but also indirectly, by impeding their access to healthcare. Many wait until their condition has deteriorated to the point of endangering their lives before risking the journey to reach treatment. Photo: MSF/Mikhail Galustov.Image source, Andrea Bruce/Noor ImagesImage caption, Children come for vaccinations at MSF’s mobile clinic in Speena Posa village, in the eastern outskirts of Kabul. MSF began running mobile clinics to reach out to more isolated areas where people struggle to access quality healthcare. Photo: Andrea Bruce/Noor Images.More on this storyAfghanistan medical crisis 'deepens'25 February 2014Afghanistan profile - Timeline9 September 2019What kind of Afghanistan will foreign forces leave?17 December 2013Related Internet LinksMSFThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.