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“A lot of people are surprised that talking and counseling can help,” says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychologist Saràh Dina. “It is a very medication dependent society. When someone has a problem they tend to just take a pill.”

Dina recently completed a nine-month assignment in Pakistan, where she coordinated the work of a team of MSF mental health counselors working in Balochistan province. Here, she discusses what she saw, heard, and learned during the experience:

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MSF medical coordinator discusses MSF's work in Balochistan Province, where MSF provides care to mothers and babies at four projects.

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MSF patients in Dera Murad Jumali, where monsoon rains forced thousands of families to abandon their homes, tell their stories.

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MSF's Project Coordinator in the Pakistan district of Hangu talks about delivering emergency care in a conflict-riddled area where the medical needs are intense.

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An MSF midwife describes the nature and the challenges of a normal day's work in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

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James Kambaki, MSF project coordinator in Balochistan province, reports on the situation and on MSF's activities.

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“The people were so happy to see us. Many of them had been stranded here for over a week with little food or shelter."

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“We’d heard that there were a group of people around Khabula who were stuck and isolated. . . It took us more than two days to find them, driving around in 4x4 trucks, because the flooding has made it so difficult to get around."

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In August, 200,000 people fled fighting in the tribal area of Bajaur Agency, in the northwestern region of the country. Fabien Schneider, head of mission for Doctors Without Borders Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Pakistan, describes the situation.

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Courtland Lewis, MD, an orthopedic surgeon from the University of Connecticut, spent three weeks in Mansehra, Pakistan, where he worked in the MSF field hospital, which is composed of nine inflatable tents.

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