Red Cross concerned over deterioration in medical services in Afghanistan

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1295
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned that the deterioration in medical services in remote areas of Afghanistan is making it increasingly difficult for civilians wounded in hostilities to be reached by health workers.

    Pierre Krähenbühl, the agency's director of operations, said that the deterioration has been steady and that “important needs are still unmet. The civilians most in need are also the most difficult to reach.”

    Getting wounded civilians out quickly is often a challenge, he said, adding that Afghanistan's harsh terrain did not help.

    He emphasised that the situation in Afghanistan is worse now in humanitarian terms than a year ago, with hostilities now spread in many parts …

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