The hospital is in the middle of a war zone in a country where rates of infant and maternal mortality are among the highest in the world. Here, a child sleeps in his mother's arms in the intensive care unit.
Despite worsening security, the hospital continues to strive to provide better care. The International Committee of the Red Cross conducts training and assists the local staff. Here, nurse Kristina Alho of Jyvaskyla, Finland, gets an underweight baby ready to see her mother.
Mohammad Nassim, 35, lies bruised and groaning in a bed at Mirwais Hospital. He and another man were kidnapped by the Taliban from a municipal construction site where they were working. They said they were blindfolded and beaten for four days before being released to warn others against working with the government.
Lal Agha dabs disinfectant cream on his brother Fida Mohammad's burns. Mohammad, 16, suffered electrical burns six days earlier at his home in the city of Kandahar. Families often stay with and care for their relatives who are in the hospital.
Shakofa, 2, recovers from burns to her chest and feet after being scalded by hot tea. Sixty-seven percent of patients come to Mirwais for emergencies, and about 50 percent of all clients are trauma patients.
Imam Gul (right), 25, stands next to the body of Hamidullah, 22, in the hospital morgue while the body is prepared for burial. The previous day, Hamidullah and another man were in an unarmored truck carrying material to a checkpoint in Zabul province when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. The bodies of the two men were later transported to their home provinces in the north for burial.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is one of the few humanitarian relief agencies with foreign staff living and working in Kandahar, and they are vital to Mirwais Hospital. As security has deteriorated, many international aid groups have pulled their staff from the area, stunting development in a region where it is badly needed.