Pakistan: Improving the Living Conditions of Afghan Refugees and Internally Displaced People in Pakistan

Afghan Refugees Face Hardship in Pakistan

Approximately 1.9 million Afghan refugees currently live in Pakistan. Of Afghanistan’s 30 million-strong population, approximately 3 million have fled the country as a result of war and internal conflict. Most have taken refuge in Pakistan, where they are predominantly living in the northeastern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Pakistani citizens have also fled to the region as a result of conflict between the government and opposition forces in the area.

Many of these people have no means of employment, and have no other choice but to live in refugee camps or in areas around the camps, where no infrastructure has been established. In the Nowshera District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, AAR JAPAN is carrying out assistance in education and medicine in order to improve these people’s living conditions.

Medical Assistance and Training for Refugees and Internally Displaced People

August 15th – Dr. Annis (right) explains the use of a hematology analyzer to doctors and laboratory technicians at Cantonment General Hospital Nowshera.

AAR JAPAN has provided basic medical devices to three hospitals frequented by refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in the region. Doctors at these hospitals had not been able to see patients due to a lack of resources or the poor maintenance of existing equipment. AAR JAPAN distributed urgently-needed and immediately-useable devices such as electrocardiograms and stethoscopes, and held training on their use for workers at the hospital.

Rie MATSUMOTO (second from left) of AAR JAPAN’s Islamabad office delivers an ultrasound machine for use in the obstetrics and gynecology department at Pabi Emergency Hospital.

On August 25th, AAR JAPAN delivered an ultrasound machine, a blood pressure meter, and a spirometer to Pabi Hospital, and AAR JAPAN’s medical professionals explained how to use and maintain the devices to the hospital’s doctors and nurses. In Pakistan, male doctors do not see female patients, so AAR JAPAN offered training to both male and female nurses.  

AAR JAPAN plans to distribute further devices such as X-ray machines so that Afghan refugees, IDPs, and local residents can gain access to appropriate medical services.

*AAR JAPAN is carrying out this project through your warm support and through a grant from Japan Platform.

Rie MATSUMOTO, AAR JAPAN Islamabad office
Worked at a travel company after graduating university, then joined AAR JAPAN in April 2004. Worked at AAR’s Tokyo headquarters in charge of aid activities for persons with disabilities in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Cambodia. Was also involved in emergency assistance in Sumatra and Haiti. Has represented the Islamabad office since December 2010.