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Pakistan

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province
Médecins Sans Frontières teams manage the emergency and surgical services in the Hangu Tehsil Headquarters hospital. They admitted more than 25,000 patients to the emergency room and performed 1,407 surgical procedures in 2013. Médecins Sans Frontières midwives also support Ministry of Health staff.  

Médecins Sans Frontières runs a women’s hospital in Peshawar. A five-bed newborn unit opened in 2013, and a further 10 beds will be added in 2014.  

More than 100,000 patients came to the emergency room at Timugara district hospital, and more than 22,000 patients were treated in the resuscitation room. Médecins Sans Frontières also assisted around 7,000 births. Some 56,000 health and hygiene education sessions were also carried out, as well as more than 5,300 mental health consultations and 26,900 mother and child sessions.

Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

Local Médecins Sans Frontières personnel provide paediatric services at hospitals in the Sunni enclave of Sadda and the Shia community of Alizai.  In March, a team of local Médecins Sans Frontières personnel began running mobile clinics providing basic healthcare and monitoring for cases of infectious illnesses in Bajaur Agency.

Balochistan
In Quetta, Médecins Sans Frontières offers medical care in Quetta paediatric hospital, and treats malnourished children in ambulatory and inpatient feeding programmes. Neonatology services and counselling sessions are also available.

A Médecins Sans Frontières team runs a mother and child health centre in nearby Kuchlak, offering outpatient treatment for children under five. Other services include psychosocial support and counselling, and screening and treatment for cutaneous leishmaniasis.

Comprehensive emergency obstetric, neonatal and emergency care is provided at the Chaman District Headquarters hospital.

MSF continued to focus on maternal and child health in programmes in Dera Murad Jamali hospital and four health centres. The team conducted a measles vaccination campaign and reached 7,500 children. More than 9,600 children were treated in a therapeutic feeding programme, and 6,000 antenatal consultations were carried out.

Healthcare in Karachi
On the outskirts of Karachi, Médecins Sans Frontières runs a basic healthcare clinic. More than 35,000 basic healthcare consultations were conducted in 2013, 7,600 children were screened for malnutrition and over 80,000 people participated in health education sessions.

Emergency responses

Médecins Sans Frontières treated 110 people for bomb blast injuries over four days in May.

Between August and November, teams responded to outbreaks of both dengue fever and acute watery diarrhoea, a measles outbreak in June and July, and an earthquake in Balochistan in April.

Médecins Sans Frontières first worked in the country in:
1986    

No. staff: 1,528  

This text is an excerpt from the 2013 International Activity Report, published annually looking at our work in the previous year. The full report is available here.

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