Government restrictions and sporadic violence pose operational challenges in Pakistan. The presence of armed militant groups and ongoing counter-terrorism operations hamper humanitarian access and there is a general distrust of aid workers.
Mother and Child Health
Healthcare for women and children is a serious concern in Pakistan. Women in rural areas die from preventable complications during pregnancy and delivery, and neonatal care is unavailable in many areas.
Near the Afghan border, MSF works with the Ministry of Health providing reproductive, newborn and paediatric healthcare. The team also manages an emergency room and offers inpatient and outpatient nutritional support for malnourished children under the age of five. These services are available to local residents, Afghan refugees and people who cross the border seeking medical assistance.
MSF operates a comprehensive 24-hour emergency obstetric care service at Peshawar women’s hospital for patients referred from surrounding districts and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Teams also run an outpatient therapeutic feeding program through a network of mobile clinics and outreach sites.