This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) responded to urgent needs in Pakistan, with a focus on mother and child health and care for people in isolated rural communities, urban slums, and areas affected by conflict.
MSF ran a pediatric hospital in Quetta, where 800 patients were admitted and 2,385 malnourished children received treatment. In Kuchlak, MSF managed a mother and child health center where staff carried out 39,527 outpatient consultations and assisted 4,989 births. At the Kuchlak center and at Benazir Bhutto hospital in Mari Abad, MSF treated 2,555 patients for cutaneous leishmaniasis. MSF worked at Chaman district headquarters hospital, providing care to local residents, Afghan refugees, and people who crossed the border seeking medical assistance. MSF continued to work in the eastern districts of Jaffarabad and Naseerabad, where 11,474 malnourished children received treatment under the therapeutic feeding program.
In the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, MSF provided medical care to vulnerable communities. At Nawagai civil hospital in Bajaur, teams provided treatment for cutaneous leishmaniasis, endemic in the area. At Sadda Tehsil headquarters hospital in Kurram Agency, MSF provided inpatient and outpatient care for children; treatment for cutaneous leishmaniasis; antenatal care, and obstetric and emergency referrals.
MSF offered comprehensive 24-hour emergency obstetric care at Women’s Hospital in Peshawar for patients referred from surrounding areas. In 2016, 4,906 deliveries were assisted, including 479 Cesarean sections. In Timurgara, MSF supported the district headquarters hospital, where teams provided emergency obstetric care and assisted 9,627 births.
In Karachi’s densely populated Machar Colony slum, MSF provided 107,397 outpatient consultations at a clinic run in collaboration with a local nongovernmental organization. MSF provided diagnosis and high-quality treatment for hepatitis C, prevalent in this area.
MSF conducted emergency response activities throughout the year, including the distribution of emergency kits to people affected by flooding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a dengue prevention campaign in Timurgara, and a heatstroke prevention effort in Machar Colony to provide drinking water and first aid.