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Afghanistan: Providing trauma care to the wounds of war in Helmand

Considered one of the epicentres of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, the southern province of Helmand has for decades suffered violent fighting, which has resulted in a number of civilian victims. Despite high numbers of war-wounded casualties, existing medical facilities are often not equipped enough to provide appropriate treatment to the affected populations.

Limited access to these much-needed services also remains a major concern.
With funding from the EU's European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, World Health Organization (WHO) has supported the full operation of a specialised 90-bed surgical centre in Lashkargah. Run by Emergency non-governmental organisation, the hospital ensures life-saving medical care is provided to trauma patients.

Through this photo story, see how the programme saves lives and makes a difference to communities in the area.

Text and photos by WHO

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