Lashkar-Gah Surgical Center

In September 2004, EMERGENCY opened the Tiziano Terzani Surgical Center for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah, the capital of the Helmand province in Southern Afghanistan.

The Center, named after the Italian journalist and pacifist Tiziano Terzani, offers high quality surgical assistance to the population of a vast area where there is no free health care. In the southern regions of Afghanistan ─ where there is intense conflict between Taliban and foreign military troops ─ the majority of victims are civilians caught against their will in daily crossfire, suicide bombings, and air bombings.

Over 30 percent of the admitted patients at the EMERGENCY Surgical Center in Lashkar-Gah are under the age of 14.


Date opened: September 2004

Number of Outpatient Consultations: 89,484

Number of Admitted Patients: 19,852

Number of Surgeries: 24,788


Activities: War Surgery, Emergency and Trauma surgery

Capacity: 70 beds

Local Staff: 170

Facilities: 3 Male Wards, 1 Female Ward, Pediatric Ward, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Surgical Outpatient Department (OPD), X-ray Department, Sterilization Room, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy Room, Housekeeping Services, Classroom, Children’s Playroom.

Data as of December 2013