|History and Biodata
’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 hospital is the reference centre for patients from the EMERGENCY First Aid Posts and Health Centres in Andar, Barakibarak, Gardez, Ghazni, Gurband, Chark-Logar, MaydanShahr, Mirbachakot, Pul I Alam, Sheikhabad, Tagab, EMERGENCY clinics within orphanages, the Kabul Reformation Juvenile Rehabilitation centre and the main prisons in the city.
EMERGENCY was founded in Milan, Italy, in 1994.It was recognized as an NGO in 1999 and as an official partner of the UN Department of Public Information in 2006.Since 2015, we have been part of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as an Associate with Special Consultative Status.Since January 2018, we have been official partner of EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid (ECHO).In November 2020, the EU Humanitarian Partnership Certificate was awarded to EMERGENCY as a result of the positive assessment of the partnership application to the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operation (ECHO). With this certificate, EMERGENCY is considered suitable to apply for EU funding for the implementation of humanitarian aid actions.