Afghanistan: the struggle to reach medical care
18-11-2010 Photo gallery
Fighting continues to rage throughout Afghanistan between Coalition troops and insurgent forces. Its impact on the civilian population is increasingly severe. Kate Holt travelled with the ICRC to Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar to document how relentless fighting is denying millions of Afghan civilians access to basic health care. The hospital is still treating patients who have suffered other sorts of injuries or contracted disease as an indirect result of the conflict, and who far outnumber patients with weapon-related injuries.