Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
During the last 40 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations.
MdM currently works in more than 30 countries across all continents where it focuses on 5 priority areas: emergency and crisis, sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction, migrants and displaced populations (health rights), health and environment.
MdM has been working in Pakistan since 1996. The organization currently implements 3 main projects:
A post emergency program focusing on access to health care for the populations afflicted by the conflict in KPK and/or natural disasters. Since May 2009, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province experienced several crises, following continuous military interventions in various locations which resulted in massive displacements of populations. MdM has been operating to provide access to health care services to both displaced and host populations in KPK. The health system in KPK, and particular in the areas where a large number of lDPs have settled, appears to be over-burdened and unable to respond to the increased demand. Indeed, qualified human resources are insufficient; most of the health facilities are partially damaged; drugs and equipment are often not available, and the referral system is not functional.
MdM is operating in 4 districts of KPK (Kohat, Hangu, Tank, Dl Khan) and implements both short-term and long-term response according to the needs and lDPs movements in the province.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE NEEDED:
Masters degree is preferable (international development, management)
Ability to analyse the socio-political regional context