Hospital on the Edge

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A woman's body lies in the emergency ward at Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Saturday morning, Apr. 18, 2009. Two people were killed and five more were injured when a bomb detonated just outside the hospital, as a police vehicle went by. Afghan police said the explosion was set off by a suicide bomber. Doctors said this woman was already dead when she arrived at the hospital. Despite worsening security, development continues at Mirwais Hosptial, where the International Committe of the Red Cross conducts training and assists the local staff. Mirwais is the main public hosptial serving five southern provinces. As security has deteriorated in the South, many international NGO's have pulled their staff from the area or shut down the regional office, stunting development in a region where it is badly needed.