Kabul : maternity ward and children's pavilion

La Chaîne de l'Espoir is still present and taking actions for afghan mothers and children.

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  • Ranked 165th for maternal health
  • Less than a third of women in rural areas receive prenatal care
  • Maternal mortality : 400 deaths for 100,000 live births
  • 1 woman dies every 2 hours from pregnancy - or childbirth - related complications
  • Only 16% of women underwent the 4 recommended antenatal check-ups
  • 2 in 3 Afghan women give birth without any qualified help

With over four decades of conflicts and political instability, Afghanistan has the worst health indicators in the world and the highest rate of maternal and child mortality.

Making clear progress

Latest reports on reproductive, new-born and mother and child health tend to indicate that Afghanistan is on track for progress. According to a recent study published in the Lancet Global Health and based on 2015 data, maternal mortality has dropped by 64% and infant mortality by 29%.

The percentage of women giving birth in a hospital facility and having received prenatal care and qualified assistance at birth have more than tripled since 2003. Child immunisation rates have also increased significantly.

There have also been major improvements in social health factors such as increased access to education for women, reduced food insecurity and reduced growth retardation of children (-30%).

Afghanistan still has a long way ahead

Despite substantial improvements, there are still significant inequalities between local populations (rich vs. poor or urban vs. rural) in terms of access to healthcare.

Moreover, Afghanistan still heavily depends on donors, which questions the sustainability of current improved health conditions.

Although children have a stronger immune system, pneumonia and diarrhoea illnesses remain devastating diseases for very young children. They respectively account for 28% and 20% of deaths in Afghan children.


La Chaîne de l’Espoir has been taking actions for over a decade in Afghanistan. In September 2016, our organisation opened a gynaecology-obstetrics and neonatology unit within its hospital, the French Medical Institute for Children, with the support of Agence Française de Développement (the French Agency for Development) and in conjunction with the Aga Khan Development Network.

This new Mother and Child Centre, an extension of the FMIC, is the only centre specialised in high-risk pregnancy in Afghanistan. It aims at providing medical services to future mothers, women with gynaecological diseases and new-borns in critical condition.

La Chaîne de l’Espoir’s role is to train and support medical staff until they can work in full autonomy.

The Mother and Child Centre admitted the first gynaecology-obstetrics consultations on 7 September 2016.

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The Children's Pavilion

La Chaîne de l’Espoir has been planning and equipping the Afghan Children’s Pavilion since 2008 in order to offer poor children from remote provinces access to medical and surgical services and social welfare.

It was so successful and crowded that a second Afghan Children’s Pavilion was opened on 8 August 2016.

In addition to admitting children, it will also offer medical services to destitute women and young mothers in need of gynaecological care at the Mother and Child Centre.

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First class of graduates at the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC).

After a 4-year training course at the FMIC, the first six Afghan students of the Postgraduate Medical Education Programme (PGME) graduated on 12 March 2016, in Kabul. The memory of this graduation ceremony will forever remain with Afghan students and La Chaîne de l’Espoir. This day represented a new breath of life for Afghanistan and a symbol of hope for its entire population.

Opened in April 2012, the PGME training programme was created to enable Afghan doctors to gain new qualifications in paediatrics, paediatric surgery, cardiology and orthopaedics, radiology and anaesthesia. For over 10 years, La Chaîne de l’Espoir has been engaged in improving the quality of care and empowering of Afghan professionals to provide high-quality care to the population. Next year, 15 interns will graduate, of which 2 women.

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Opening of the Children's Pavilion in Kabul

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