22-year-old Sharifa is one of the thousands of Afghan mothers struggling to overcome the hurdles that are posed by a healthcare system weakened by decades of war, poor facilities, and social and cultural barriers that are difficult to break.
‘War here never ends. You admit a 13-year-old child and you realize that you already know him: you had admitted him before with another bullet injury. You admit an adult with a bullet injury in the head but during the surgery you find two bullets, the second is an old one. EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centres in Kabul and Lashkar-Gah admit almost 300 patients every month. This means that every month the two Surgical Centres are emptied and refilled 3 times’. – Cecilia Strada, EMERGENCY’s President