International Committee of the Red Cross

Afghanistan: Keeping babies warm, beyond our activities

Photo gallery 16 March 2018

Children undergoing treatment at Mirwais Regional Hospital in Kandahar wear sweaters knitted and donated by an ICRC colleague's aunts and friends in Norway and Switzerland.

The hospital's paediatric ward is a busy place – close to 175 children under the age of five are admitted here each week, besides over 450 births on an average on a weekly basis.

Since 1996, the ICRC has been providing technical and financial support to Mirwais hospital to ensure patients receive quality medical treatment and that services are free of cost. Besides the paediatric ward, the ICRC also supports the gynaecological ward, where many women receive medical attention and free treatment.