Farhat Mantoo has been with MSF since 2003 including a stint in the field for 3 years. She is currently the head of HR for MSF in South Asia and plays a key role in hiring field staff and developing right networks. She has a specialisation in communication and HR apart from being trained in humanitarian assistance linked to International humanitarian affairs.
I have, till now believed that working with MSF means protection and immunity in conflict zones since we save lives, work in hospitals, and have no relation to anyone who may be party to the conflict. However, life shakes the ground beneath your feet every now and then. On 3 October last year, the Kunduz trauma centre was bombed in spite of repeated calls made to the concerned authorities to stop. The bombing did finally halt, but the aftermath left us devastated. We lost 42 patients and staff.