The intensity of fighting has decreased in recent days in districts surrounding Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, after the first few weeks of August saw heavy clashes between Afghan government forces and armed opposition groups.

Despite the relative calm, sick and wounded people are still struggling to reach the Emergency Room (ER) in Boost Hospital, a 300-bed facility run by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of Health in Lashkar Gah.

“Our patients have reported that roads are blocked and checkpoints are delaying them reaching the hospital,” said MSF Country Representative, Guilhem Molinie.

“As a result, we’ve seen a trend of quieter mornings in the ER, which are usually the busiest time, and more people arriving in the evening after facing delays getting here.”

Overall, the number of patients arriving at the ER has decreased since fighting escalated at the beginning of August.