Abdullah is currently assistant medical focal point in an MSF-supported hospital in Pakistan. Here he blogs about how for over five years of hard work and passion he earned his ideal job, from nurse to a top management position.
Health Promotion Manager
Beatriz is MSF's health promotion activity manager in Pakistan. She blogs about how understanding cultural difference is a vital part of MSF's work, and why fun is part of her job...
The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day was “psychological first aid”, assisting people in the immediate aftermath of a disaster to reduce the initial distress.
'About eight months ago, I did not know that caffeine, that magic potion, not only gets adults going in the morning, but when injected at least twice a day, helps you keep breathing if you decide to bless the world with your presence at any time before 34 weeks of pregnancy.'
"Through health education both in our hospital and in the communities, we hope to increase the awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and therefore reduce the likelihood of severe malnutrition. We also spread other health messages and actively screen for malnutrition to improve the overall health situation in this area."
Health services in Pakistan are often unaffordable and in many regions, conflict and insecurity further restrict access.
In many parts of Pakistan sectarian violence is rife. Government forces are also engaged in military operations against armed opposition groups.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) programmes focus mainly on meeting urgent needs among communities affected by insecurity.