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.
The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic.
Although some borders have closed to contain the spread of the virus, we must also build bridges too. Protecting ourselves by protecting eachother.
It is clear, perhaps more than ever, how important it is to have good healthcare systems. What is also important is our global cooperation. Please do pay attention to advice published by the WHO and local health authorities.
As a medical organization, we cannot stress enough the need to care for each other, both locally and globally. That’s what we try to do every day.
This is the only way to resist and for us to continue doing our job, helping those in need, whose other emergencies surely haven’t stopped, but which have taken a back seat in recent days.
Medicine can’t stop. Neither can solidarity with one another in these difficult times.