MSF Suspends Work in Some Parts of Pakistan's Balochistan Province

Médecins Sans Frontières was forced to suspend its work in some parts of the Pakistani province of Balochistan after a recent shooting at its vehicle, according to a report.

While returning to Dera Murad Jamali from Mir Hassan on April 4, an MSF mobile team got caught in a shooting incident, which was directed at the group’s government-mandated escort by unknown assailants. The attackers also fired at the MSF vehicle. None of the MSF staff was injured, but two security men were wounded, the Islamic Republic News Agency reports.  

“It was a difficult decision, because this suspension directly impacts on children and women, the most in need of medical care. But it is impossible for our team to work and provide medical aid without a minimum guarantee of security and respect for humanitarian work,” said Pierluigi Testa, head of mission for MSF in Pakistan.

The suspension covers medical programs outside Dera Murad Jamali with mobiles clinics and fixed health posts supporting mother and child health care as well as emergency feeding programs for children under 5 in Mir Hassan, Sohbat Pur and Dera Allar Yar. It will affect 100,000 children and 18,000 pregnant women, Testa added. 

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