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10 Nov 2017 description

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been told by the Pakistani authorities to close its medical activities in Bajaur Agency in north-western Pakistan. The closure will leave thousands of people in Bajaur Agency without vital healthcare, and comes just seven weeks after MSF was forced to close its project in Kurram Agency, also in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

07 Nov 2017 description

The flight of the Rohingya has caught the world’s attention. Since 25 August, more than half a million men, women and children fled from one country to another in search of safety and respite.
The conditions of those now living in Bangladesh, having crossed from Myanmar, are dire. Many have arrived with just the clothes they happened to be wearing; they arrive scarred, wounded, traumatised.

14 Sep 2017 description

After 14 years of working in Kurram district, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is withdrawing from the area. The authorities have refused to issue a no objection certificate (NoC), without providing any explanation. Without a valid NoC, MSF cannot continue to provide medical services in Kurram Agency, which is located on the north-western border of Pakistan.

05 Jul 2017 description

New Report Reveals Governments are Failing to Prioritize Tuberculosis, the World's Deadliest Infectious Disease

09 Mar 2016 description

Noor Alam, the first patient to be cured at MSF’s Machar Clinic

09 Mar 2016 description

By Dr Muhammad Khawar Aslam, medical doctor for Médecins Sans Frontières in Karachi

Pakistan has the second highest prevalence of Hepatitis C in the world, up to 5 percent, just after Egypt. People struggle to be diagnosed and get access to treatment because of the high costs and the fact that care is centralised in hospitals, rather than at their local health centre. It is a significant health problem: it means that in a mega-city like Karachi, up to one million people are potentially infected.

26 Nov 2015 description

Amy Le Compte is a midwife from Gisborne in New Zealand. She has just returned from a six-month assignment in MSF Women's Hospital in Peshawar, in the north of Pakistan where, along with daily maternity work, she supported the launch of a new community outreach program to enable access to quality maternity care for poor and marginalised populations.

11 Feb 2015 description

February 09, 2015

While there are numerous private maternity hospitals in Pakistan’s Peshawar district, specialized obstetrics units are often out of reach of the country’s most vulnerable women. As a result, the maternal mortality rate is around 276 per 100,000 live births, compared to just nine out of 100,000 in France.

23 Dec 2014 description

Join us on a journey through the nutrition programme that Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs in the towns of Dera Murad Jamali, Dera Allah Yar and Usta Muhammad trying to alleviate malnutrition.

19 Dec 2014 description

This piece originally appeared in The Express Tribune.

The internally displaced persons in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas have escaped the violence but are confronted with greater challenges.

“Home is a precious place. I would give anything to return to mine,” says 65-year-old Gul Bibi, as she gently rocks back and forth on a bed at the hospital set up by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sadda, the second-largest town in Kurram Agency, FATA. The hospital is full of women who have babies and children in their arms or sleeping by their feet.

08 Dec 2014 description

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treats nearly 10,000 malnourished children each year in the town of Dera Murad Jamali and surroundings, in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan. Levels of malnutrition in this part of Balochistan are among the highest in the country. Here, patients, caretakers, and doctors tell us reasons why.

Ahmed Lahi Day

Farmer, 65, from Tipul Shah. Above, he waits with relatives outside District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital in Dera Murad Jamali for his grandson to be discharged.

31 Jul 2014 description

Tens of thousands of people fleeing major military operations in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan have crossed the border into Afghanistan over the past months, seeking refuge in Khost, Paktia, and Paktika provinces. In response, teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are providing medical and humanitarian aid in Gulan refugee camp, Khost province.

24 Oct 2013 description

Quelles sont les implications de la dernière ligne droite menant à l'éradication de la poliomyélite ? Alors qu'elle a obtenu des résultats spectaculaires avec une chute de 300 000 cas par an dans les années 80 à quelques centaines aujourd'hui, la campagne d'éradication de la polio fait aujourd'hui face à des difficultés qui questionnent le bien-fondé d'une stratégie d'éradication à tout prix.

04 Oct 2013 description

It has been 11 days since the first of two severe earthquakes hit the Arawan area of Balochistan province, Pakistan. Despite daily discussions with the Government of Pakistan, MSF has not yet been granted permission to work in the affected area.

“Since the first earthquake struck on 24 September, MSF has been in dialogue with different officials with a view to getting teams and supplies into the Arawan area. Yet the Government of Pakistan has still not granted us authorisation to enter,” says Chris Lockyear, MSF’s Operations Manager.

30 Aug 2013 description

The population of Kabul has tripled over the past decade and is now estimated at more than five million. The newer residents are a varied mix of internally displaced persons fleeing conflict in more insecure regions of Afghanistan, economic migrants seeking better opportunities in the capital, returnees from refugee camps in Pakistan, families without land, and members of marginalized minority groups who struggle to find a place within mainstream Afghan society. Many of them live in the outskirts of the city and have little access to health care.

21 May 2013 description

Armed men in hospitals, harassing patients; health facilities used to identify and apprehend enemies; clinics abandoned and hospitals destroyed. Overwhelmed emergency services, where medical staff are in terror of reprisals for having provided care for a patient; ambulances blocked from accessing the wounded, or held up for hours at checkpoints; entrenched animosities and divisions denying certain groups of people the medical assistance they need.

10 May 2013 description

ISLAMABAD/NEW YORK, MAY 10 2013—Teams from the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), together with Ministry of Health staff, have treated more than 110 people for blast injuries from election-related violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas over the past four days, MSF said today.

15 Mar 2013 description

The population of Kabul has tripled over the last 10 years. Some people arrive after fleeing conflict-torn areas for the relative safety of the capital, while others, pushed by poverty, are simply trying to make a living. Returnees from Pakistan and other provinces of Afghanistan have also made their way back to the city. For those living in makeshift settlements and camps, the harsh winter makes an already difficult situation even harder.