Afghanistan : Mother and Child Centre

Programme Coordinator: Sophie Tran

According to plan, La Chaîne de l’Espoir, the Aga Khan Development Network and the project’s partners decided in 2008 to extend medical and surgical care to adults with the creation, first, of an obstetrics and gynaecology unit and then of a high quality multi-purpose diagnostic centre.

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  • To introduce contemporary surgical techniques and offer the Afghan population access to high quality care.
  • To contribute to the reconstruction of the Afghan healthcare system. 


The first essential component of this extension, obstetrics and gynaecology, will be in the form of an additional three-level wing off the existing building. Work began in April 2013 with a projected opening date in the fall of 2016.

The Mother and Child Centre offers women and infants access to a technical platform including:

  • 6 delivery rooms
  • 52 inpatient beds
  • 2 dedicated operating theatres
  • 1 post-anaesthesia care unit
  • 1 adult intensive care unit
  • 1 unit with 14 neonatology beds for intensive care, critical care and neonatal medicine
  • 1 emergency department extension
  • 1 diagnosis unit extension (laboratory, blood bank, radiology and MRI)


La Chaîne de l’Espoir provides medical training in Kabul via missions during which doctors run theory and practice training sessions.

A referral centre in the management of pregnancy, physiological birth, and obstetrical conditions and emergencies

A referral centre for specialists, midwives and paramedics

A training centre for medical students