Why are we there?
- Natural disaster
- Armed conflict
- Endemic/Epidemic disease
- Health care exclusion
This is an excerpt from MSF-USA's 2012 Annual Report:
In Pakistan, MSF focused on urgent needs in communities affected by insecurity.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, MSF works in the Hangu hospital’s emergency department and operating theater, serving mainly Afghan refugees and other displaced people. In Timergara, MSF supports the emergency department and mother-and-child health center.
MSF also responded to a spike in acute watery diarrhea in Hangu and Timergara from July until October. And in Peshawar, MSF runs a 30-bed hospital specializing in obstetrics and gynecology and also conducts antenatal and postnatal consultations in 11 district health centers.
In the Federally Administered Tribal Areas’ Kurram Agency, staff provides pediatric services at separate hospitals in Shia and Sunni communities. In Balochistan, which is plagued by conflict, natural disasters, and a lack of development, MSF provides neonatal, obstetric, and pediatric care in Chaman and Dera Murad Jamali hospitals.
MSF runs a 60-bed pediatric hospital in Quetta as well and is opening several additional health units. In Kuchlak, a team runs a mother-and-child health clinic and a birthing unit, while also treating patients also for cutaneous leishmaniasis.
Mental health teams work in both Quetta and Kuchlak. And staff set up mobile clinics and provided water-and-sanitation assistance in September after severe flooding.
In October, MSF and local partners opened a clinic in Karachi’s Machar Colony that provides basic health care and emergency services, including maternal health care, and mental health services.
At the end of 2012, MSF had 1,404 staff in Pakistan. MSF has worked in the country since 2000.
Amina* brought her son to the MSF nursery when he was 10-days-old, weighing less than five pounds. He was diagnosed with tetanus.
"A few days after my son was born, he started having fits and had a temperature.
I delivered him under a makeshift tent near the Pat Feeder Canal.
My husband used to work on our landlord’s land. But the water came; it was shoulder high, and we lost everything. We have no shade, no home or land. We live on the side of the road. Thousands of families who lost their homes are now living there too.
When my son got sick, I pawned my earrings because we had nothing left to pay the doctors. However, when we came to the MSF hospital here, we were told the treatment is free, so I used the money from the earrings to buy food instead. It’s been a month since I sold my earrings. Now even the food is gone.
My son has been here for 25 days now. We had thought about taking him from the hospital and going home because we didn’t see an immediate change in his health. Now, though, he opens his eyes, and can slowly start to feed."
* The patient’s name has been changed.