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Emergency Response in Pakistan

Non-food item distribution by Médecins Sans Frontières. © Ton Koene

Recent heavy rainfall in Pakistan's north-western region has caused the most severe flooding the country has seen in over 80 years, destroying buildings and infrastructure.  Over 13 million people have been affected.

Médecins Sans Frontières has been working in Pakistan for over 10 years and our teams who were already in the country were able to respond rapidly to the floods.  This included expanding our response to a cholera outbreak which had begun some weeks earlier.  Within days of the first floods, we set up three additional temporary cholera treatment centres in Swat, Lower Dir and Dargai districts.  

We are also working hard to prevent further outbreaks of cholera from occurring by providing water and other essential items. Currently, more than 100 international staff are working alongside 1,200 Pakistani staff.

Medical activities continue with mobile medical teams providing care in resettlement places, mainly in schools.

Due to the generosity of our supporters, we were in a position to respond immediately to the medical needs of many people following this flood. Of course, an additional gift is always appreciated. Should you decide to give a gift at this time, it will be directed to a program responding to desperate medical need, wherever that may be.

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Pakistan earthquake: Access Denied

22/10/2013

Despite the need for humanitarian assistance, Médecins Sans Frontières has not been given permission to work in Pakistan's earthquake-affected area, writes Chris Lockyear.

Category: Editorials

Growing frustration at aid delay in Pakistan

08/10/2013

Médecins Sans Frontières is still without authorisation to enter the earthquake-affected Awaran area in Balochistan, Pakistan.

Category: Field news