First Aid Posts, Primary Health Clinics and Other Projects
EMERGENCY’s approach to healthcare goes beyond just treatment.
FAPs and PHCs
It is crucial to provide assistance to ill and wounded people as quickly as possible; to broaden access to medical facilities, reaching places far away from larger hospitals; to provide even the smallest settlements with medical equipment; and to develop healthcare competencies within communities. These are some of the core aims of EMERGENCY’s network of First Aid Posts (FAPs) and Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs). In Afghanistan, a lack of healthcare facilities and hazardous road conditions means that hundreds of thousands of people living in remote areas of the country are denied the right to treatment. Our network of FAPs and PHCs works to overcome these challenges.
Since 1999, EMERGENCY has established a network of over 40 FAPs and PHCs throughout the country. Local colleagues (trained by EMERGENCY) work alongside our international staff to provide primary healthcare and first aid. Patients suffering from serious conditions or injuries are stabilised and subsequently transferred to EMERGENCY hospitals by an ambulance service which operates 24/7.
EMERGENCY’s presence in Afghanistan has enabled us to gain an understanding of the needs of local populations and, following specific requests made by local authorities, the scope of our activities in Afghanistan has gradually widened. The needs of local people led EMERGENCY to work in areas that are not confined only to war surgery. We have, for example, overseen a variety of projects, including: the prevention of leishmaniasis (an infectious disease); renovation of a school in Anabah; renovation of the Mirbachakot public gardens; and a social support programme for widows in the Panjshir Valley. Since 2001 we have also offered healthcare assistance to inmates in Afghan prisons. Today, we manage and run five Healthcare Centres inside Kabul’s Pol-i–Charki, which is one of Afghanistan’s largest prisons. Our staff also provide support to local authorities in the Healthcare Centres at the Kabul Government Jail, Investigation Department, Transition Prison, Women’s Prison, and Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre. Where required, patients are referred to our Kabul Surgical Centre. EMERGENCY also offers medical assistance within two Kabul orphanages.
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First Aid Posts (FAPs) and Healthcare Centres
Locations: Anabah, Abdara, Dara, Darband, Dasht-e-Rewat, Khinch, Paryan, Gulbahar, Kabul, Kapisa, Koklamy, Oraty, Changaram, Anjuman, Sangi Khan, Shutul, Said Khil, Poli Sayad, Mirbachakot, Maydan Shahr, Mehterlam, Ghazni, Chark, Gardez, Pul-e-Alam, Grishk, Garmsir, Musa Qala, Marjia, Urmuz, Tagab, Andar, Sheikhabad, Hesarak, Ghorband, Barakibarak, Sangin, Shoraki
Outpatient consultations: 6,278,805
Patients referred to hospitals: 126,853
Outpatient Clinics Within Prisons
Check-ups in the 6 Kabul prisons in 2018 (Governmental Jail, Investigation Department, Female Jail, Pol-e-Charki, Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre, Transition Prison): 1,119,935
Duab Prison: 694 patients examined and treated from 2001 to 2003.
Shebergan Prison: 13,338 patients examined and treated from May 2002 to June 2004.
Lashkar-Gah Prison: 1,880 patients examined and treated from February 2006 to December 2007.
(Data correct as of December 2021)