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MSF hands over Ahmad Shah Baba project to health ministry

MSF hands over Ahmad Shah Baba project to health ministry

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Mar 31, 2019 - 16:12

  

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): After almost 10 years of working in the hospital in Ahmad Shah Baba, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has handed over the last of its activities to the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon, according to a statement on Sunday.

“Taking the decision to leave is never easy, especially after so long. But our intention when we opened this project was to support and not to replace the Ministry of Public Health. We have worked closely together over the years and it is now time to hand services back”, explains PrueCoakley, MSF’sHead of Programme. “We are grateful to the community and the shurainfo-icon for their support during this process.”

Ahmad Shah Baba was the first project MSF opened when it started working in Afghanistaninfo-icon again in 2009, after a five-year absence. MSF upgraded Ahmad Shah Baba to a district hospital, with a focuson the emergency department, maternity services and treatment protocols, increasing the medical services available so that fewer patients had to be referred elsewhere. As well as working in the hospital, from 2014MSF also ranmobile clinics carrying out antenatal and postnatal consultations, vaccinating womeninfo-icon and children, and screening for malnutrition.

From mid-2018, MSF began gradually handing over the responsibility of various departments to the Ministry of Public Health, with specialists supporting the ministry’s staff to ensure that they had the knowledge they needed. This work continued over the course of the year and into 2019. At the end of December 2018 responsibility for the outpatient department of the hospital was handed back to the Ministry of Public Health.

“Now that we’re leaving, we’re counting on the Ministry of Public Health to maintain the hospital’s high level of medical care”, says Coakley. “Women must continue to be able come to Ahmad Shah Baba for help with complicated deliveries.”

Over the years,MSF teams repaired and refurbished parts of the hospital.Improvements were made to the emergency department, and to the laboratory and X-ray services. An operating theatre, a small inpatient department, new women’s and paediatric outpatient departments, and a new maternity ward were all built. A new central heating system was also installed.

While one of MSF’s projects is coming to an end,we remain committed to the people of Afghanistan and teams continue to work in six projects around the country. In Kabul itself MSF continues tosupport the Ministry of Public Health in Dasht e-Barchi maternity, and there are also projects in Helmand, Kandahar, Herat, Khost and Kunduz.

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