Hospital on the Edge

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Accompanied by two female hospital staff members, ICRC nurse Kristina Alho of Jyvaskyla, Finland, carries a baby girl through hallways to see her mother in the women's intensive care unit at Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan, April 23, 2009. The child was delivered by Caesarian section. Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the world. 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.