The reason that MSF is working in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan is that there is a clear medical need.
Patients who, in places with more advanced resources, would recover from their illnesses and return to their lives sadly do not always survive here. This is particularly true of unwell newborns, and it was here where we were recently able to make a decisive difference.
On the 10th of July twin girls were delivered at the MSF-run MCH (mother and child health unit). They we premature (only 28 weeks old) and each weighed only 1 kilogram.
At birth, they were pale, cold and unresponsive. After initial resuscitation by the midwives, they were brought to the nearby MSF emergency room. And, thanks to the skill and knowledge of our nursing staff and the availability of the necessary equipment and medication provided by our project, these two new arrivals were stabilised and were soon exclaiming their appreciation at the top of their little lungs. They were later transferred by ambulance to the nearest paediatric unit, and we have been receiving updates of their ongoing good progress over the last few days.
There are a lot of frustrations and difficulties to working here. Things often go wrong despite our best efforts. But, due to the sustained commitment of our excellent team (both clinical and support personnel), things are going right more and more often, and that makes it all worthwhile!
I hope you will all join me in welcoming these two tiny new arrivals to this sometimes strange and often wonderful world of ours.