Pakistan: Remote management and future plans

An MSF project coordinator oversees everything from security to construction, allowing the medics to focus on saving lives. But what happens when a project coordinator can't reach their project? Sergio blogs...


So, here I am in Islamabad.


Sergio Scro
Sergio Scro

I am still waiting for my "No-Objection Certificate" - the government travel permit I need in order to reach Chaman. In the meantime I am managing the project remotely for the 4th month.

Although remote management has its challenging sides, I am enjoying my time in Islamabad and I am lucky to have a local team in the field that is very experienced and independent. 

Lately, I have worked on a series of tasks including renovations of our laboratory and our birthing unit. Soon we are also preparing to renovate the pediatric ward and in the near future the ER will have to be upgraded as well. 

While it is hard to manage a project from afar, I take every chance I get to get to know the 172 local staff in the field. I do that though weekly Skype meetings with the MSF supervisors and by relying on our communication officer for pictures of the MSF premises and staff while at work. 

Here, I wanted to share some of the pictures from MSF activities and staff in Chaman.  


The road to Chaman, Pakistan


The MSF hospital in Chaman, Pakistan