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