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Lashkar-Gah Surgical Centre

 Over 30% of the patients admitted at the Lashkar-Gah Surgical Centre are under the age of 14.


EMERGENCY opened the Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah in 2004. The hospital is the only free specialist trauma facility in Helmand province.

Helmand Province has been one of Afghanistan’s most volatile regions over the previous two decades of fighting, with large numbers of casualties.  

In order to provide immediate assistance to those in need, EMERGENCY established First Aid Posts (FAPs)in the remote districts neighbouring Lashkar-Gah, such as Grishk, Garmsir, Marjia, Sangin, Musa Qala, and Urmuz. In these facilities, our local medics provide crucial emergency care to patients. When necessary, patients are stabilised and then transferred to our hospital in Lashkar-Gah by ambulances which operate 24/7.


The hospital has been open and fully operational throughout the numerous phases of the conflict since 2001. The Lashkar-Gah Surgical Centre treated patients during the extremely volatile summer of 2021, culminating with the collapse of the Afghan government in August of that year. The Lashkar-Gah Surgical Centre remains open and committed to continuing operations uninterrupted. 


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As with many EMERGENCY facilities, the Afghan Ministry of Health has officially recognised the Lashkar-Gah Surgical Centre as a training facility for emergency surgery and traumatology. A core component of EMERGENCY’s work – in all its hospitals and medical facilities – is close partnership with, and training of, local medical professionals and ancillary staff. 

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This project is funded by European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid

Programme Data

Location: Lashkar-Gah (Helmand)

Start of clinical activities: September 2004

Activities: Surgery for war victims

Facilities: Accident and emergency, 2 operating theatres, sterilisation, intensive care, wards, physiotherapy, radiology, laboratory and blood bank, pharmacy, classrooms, play room, technical and support services.

Admissions: 61,431

Outpatient consultations: 259,513

Surgical operations: 83,259

(Data correct as of December 2022)

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