Shafiullah’s left arm and leg were paralysed when he was 5 years old. Photo: WHO Afghanistan/Y.Khan13 October 2016 – "I will never forgive myself or any people in my district if they allow the suffering I went through to happen to other children here,” says 25-year-old Shafiullah, leaning on his blue crutches in a remote village in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, the midday sun pressing on his head.
Shafiullah’s left leg and arm were paralysed when he was 5 years old. Shafiullah and his 3 sisters and 2 brothers had never received any doses of the polio vaccine and his family had never heard about the disease.
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27 September 2016 – Rockets struck a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital on 3 October 2015 in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 14 health workers and injuring 37. As a result of the attack, the hospital became dysfunctional, but the health needs remained.
In October 2015 alone, the conflict in Kunduz between anti-government elements and Afghan national forces killed more than 100 people, injured over 400 and displaced 30 000.
Before the bombing, the MSF hospital had a 100% occupancy rate with many more patients seeking admission.
Read more about strengthening access to trauma care and rehabilitation in Kunduz
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