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After sixteen years, MSF hands over emergency services in Chaman, Balochistan

After sixteen years, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is handing over its emergency room (ER) services at the district Headquarters (DHQ) hospital to the medical authorities in Chaman, a town 130 kilometers north of Quetta, on the border between...

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The stigma of survival: Niamat Ulla’s journey through cutaneous leishmaniasis and beyond

Niamat Ulla, 39, is originally from Chaman, a mountainous area in Balochistan bordering Afghanistan. Eight years ago, after violence broke out in his hometown, he was forced to leave and move to Quetta together with his wife, three sons, and...

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A journey to healing: Muhammad Usman’s battle with cutaneous leishmaniasis

Muhammad Usman, 27, is from Lahore, a city that does not normally have high rates of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). However, after travelling to Multan in July 2023, where leishmaniasis (CL) is more common, nodules started appearing on his face. Usman...

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Skin disfiguring neglected disease surging in Pakistan: Cutaneous leishmaniasis(CL)

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is concerned by an increase in the number of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) cases registered at its facilities across Pakistan. Balochistan and Kyber Pakhtunkhwa are the worst affected provinces, but this treatable neglected tropical disease,...

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Pakistan: The heartbreaking link between maternal and child malnutrition

Last year, scorching heat waves broke records across South Asia, with temperatures surpassing 50° in March and April. The unusually violent monsoon that followed triggered floods that killed over 1.700 people in Pakistan and ravaged communities. After the devastating weather...

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Cutaneous leishmaniasis medical care in Pakistan: Patient stories

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a skin infection caused by a parasite transmitted by the bite of a phlebotomine sandfly. It is common in Pakistan, particularly amongst poor, both urban and rural populations in Balochistan and Khyber Paktunkhwa provinces. The disease is...

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Pakistan: People’s need for cutaneous leishmaniasis care remains high

In Pakistan, the neglected tropical disease cutaneous leishmaniasis is considered a public health burden. The disease affects people’s skin and causes lesions or ulcers on the body. It is the most endemic in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkwa provinces, but Sindh...

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Pakistan: Flood emergency is far from over

Sindh, Pakistan: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, is seeing alarmingly high numbers of patients with malaria and children with malnutrition among flood-affected communities it assists in Sindh and eastern Balochistan provinces, Pakistan.Catastrophic flooding began in...

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Pakistan: People are unable to return home and major health concerns remain months after the flooding

In has been more than three months since devastating floods caused vast damage across Pakistan and displaced millions, but only in recent weeks have waters started to recede and people been able to return home. Those returning to their villages...

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Pakistan Flood Update| October 2022

It has been seven weeks since the flood emergency was declared by the Government of Pakistan, calling on the international community for support. The heavy monsoon rains that started in June have inundated more than one third of Pakistan, with...

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Pakistan: “These floods will likely affect the population for months”

Monsoon rains have plagued Pakistan for months and have become yet more intense in recent weeks, causing widespread damage in much of the country, increased by global warming and the melting of glaciers. Millions of people have lost their homes...

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A first person account of devastating floods in Pakistan

Shahid Abdullah, MSF’s emergency field coordinator in Balochistan describes the situation on the ground in flood-affected areas. People are sitting alongside the main road, and you can see that many of them have already received help. They have, among other...

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