After their takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban prohibited education of women and girls; this was followed by eliminating the right to WORK outside the home, then the right to be VISIBLE outside the home, the right to be PRESENT without male supervision and the final indignity, the right to medical care other than by female practitioners, all of whom were fired, imprisoned or worse shortly after the Taliban takeover.
Fareshta’s lifesaving neurosurgery
Farestha* is a 5 year old Afghan girl suffering from brain cancer. She had a large tumor pressing on her optic nerve and the part of her brain responsible for the suck-swallow reflex.
She was immobile, emaciated, suffering from extreme malbournishment and progressive blindness that would steal her sight permanently within months if the tumor was not removed. Toadstool stabilized her, got her healthy enough to survive surgery, then to a neighboring country for successful neurosurgery. She is now a completely different child, recovering back in Afghanistan, even able to play again with her siblings.
Every dollar counts
Toadstool Clinic operates exclusively by donations by generous people like you. Donations only cover the cost of medical staff, medical treatment, medical facilities, translators and Afghan case managers, and required travel and accommodation for Toadstool patients and family members.