Afghanistan, Doctors Without Borders alarm: more and more women at risk of postpartum death

Women in Afghanistan are increasingly at risk of dying in childbirth in a country where standards of health care are among the lowest in the world. This is the new alarm raised by Médecins Sans Frontières: according to what emerges from the report, released today by the NGO present in the country with 2,343 of its doctors (half are Afghan women), there is an increase of almost 20% in critical cases . A trend that does not only concern motherhood but, more generally, access to health care for women who are increasingly relegated due to the grip of the Taliban. Over 60% of those interviewed, denounces the MSF report, claim that women face greater obstacles than men. Today February 6 is World Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation (READ THE ARTICLE).

“95% of people are on the verge of starvation”

But the health scare in Afghanistan is only one of the nodes of the emergency in the country where – the report notes – 95% of people are on the verge of starvation. “Sometimes mothers are so malnourished that they can’t breastfeed their babies. We see them putting tea in bottles to give to babies as young as seven or eight days old, a desperate and very dangerous choice,” says Hadia, a member of the MSF medical staff. in Herat regional hospital.