On December 8th, EMERGENCY inaugurated a new building at the Maternity Center in Anabah, Afghanistan. The expansion of the existing Maternity Center, which opened in 2003, enables EMERGENCY to increase medical assistance to mothers and children living in the Panjshir Valley and surrounding provinces. As of December 16th, the new Maternity Center in Anabah is fully operational, providing totally free care for over 600 women each month with the capacity for 7,000 safe and healthy deliveries each year.
Over the years, EMERGENCY’s Maternity Center has become an invaluable resource for the local population, reaching an average of more than 500 deliveries per month. In order to provide even more efficient and effective medical care to the growing number of patients, EMERGENCY began developing the existing facilities in 2015. The construction work and the facility set-up lasted for over one year with an overall cost of € 1.5 million, bringing together the work of different professionals and technicians from Afghanistan and across Europe.
The new Maternity Center is a state of the art hospital, furnished with high quality biomedical equipment and includes: one new operating block with four delivery rooms, two operating theatres, one intensive care unit, one neonatal sub-intensive care unit, one intensive care unit for women with complications during delivery, one outpatient clinic, one gynaecological ward, an area dedicated to follow-ups, and a section for women in labor.
In Afghanistan, where maternal mortality rate amounts to 396 for 100,000 live births, mothers’ and children’s health is a daily emergency; for many women, EMERGENCY’s Maternity Center is the only opportunity they have to access specialized medical care during pregnancy. This Center represents the best hope for delivering their babies in safety, while being attended to by skilled health staff.
The Maternity Center in Anabah also runs an antenatal program aimed at monitoring pregnancies in order to promptly identify complications. In addition, the Afghan Ministry of Health formally recognizes the specialization school at the Maternity Center, where Afghan female doctors can complete programs in gynecology. A significant aspect of EMERGENCY’s work in Anabah is the training of a local staff of around 90 people, all of whom are women – both on practical and theoretical levels.
EMERGENCY has been working in Afghanistan since 1999, providing medical and surgical care to war victims in its three Surgical Centers (Anabah, Kabul, Lashkar-gah) and in its network of 40 First Aid Post and Primary Healthcare Centers across the country. The Maternity Center has been operating since 2003 and has provided more than 200,000 women with medical care. Since the Center opened, more than 37,000 babies have been born.