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Kabul Surgical Centre

 EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre in Kabul was built on the remains of nursery damaged by a missile.


EMERGENCY’s Kabul Surgical Centre is one of the most important medical facilities in Afghanstan.

Work started here in 2000, when EMERGENCY began renovating and expanding a former nursery school in the centre of the capital city, Kabul. The nursery had been destroyed by a rocket, in an incident which killed five children. In April 2001, this site re-opened as a Surgical Centre for Victims of War, and was expanded further in 2015 to improve the facilities and increase the number of beds.  .

The Kabul Surgical Centre houses an impressive number of facilities, including three operating theatres; an intensive care unit; an A&E; outpatient clinics; a laboratory and blood bank; a radiology department; and equipment for physiotherapy and CT scans. The centre also specialises in trauma surgery.  

The hospital has been open and fully operational throughout the numerous phases of the conflict since 2001. The Kabul Surgical Centre treated patients during the extremely volatile summer of 2021, culminating with the collapse of the Afghan government in August of that year. The Kabul Surgical Centre remains open and committed to continuing operations uninterrupted. 


The Kabul Surgical Centre operates in line with EMERGENCY’s ethos of working to provide sustainable healthcare through the training of local staff. The Kabul hospital is officially recognised as a centre for specialist training in emergency surgery and traumatology. Additionally, we have designed and run courses for doctors and nurses from public hospitals on dealing with trauma and mass casualties.  


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This project is funded by the European Union

Programme Data

Location: Kabul

Start of clinical activities: April 2001

Activities: Surgery for war victims

Facilities: Accident and emergency, clinics, 3 operating theatres, sterilisation, intensive care, sub-intensive care, wards, physiotherapy, CT (computed tomography), radiology, laboratory and blood bank, pharmacy, classrooms, play room, technical and support services

Outpatients consultations: 162,750

Admissions: 61,904

Surgical operations: 87,182

(Data correct as of December 2021)

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