Kanita Chowdhury is a humanitarian logistician working for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the Rohingya refugee mega camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She provides support in coordinating the delivery of essential medical supplies and equipment to the camp, including vaccines, antibiotics, and surgical instruments.
“After completing my engineering curriculum, I started my career as a teacher. I realized then that I wanted to spend time where I could make the best use of my academic knowledge. This is why I made the decision to pursue my career in humanitarian aid”, she said.
“I became aware of MSF logistics and figured it was such a practical and tangible way to support humanitarian operations. As logistics staff members, our contribution is clear whenever we load a truck, receive cargo on tarmac or set up a warehouse. Working with MSF logistics is a privileged opportunity to feel directly connected to people in need”, she shared.
As women, we should continue to inspire and support others as well as challenge ourselves and certainly not limit ourselves.Kanita Chowdhury, MSF Logistician in Bangladesh
“I encourage women to embrace the call and confidently take up such roles in any contexts, ‘fragile’ and ‘non-fragile’, because just like me, anyone can do it! As women, we should continue to inspire and support others as well as challenge ourselves and certainly not limit ourselves.”
As a humanitarian logistician at MSF, Kanita could see the impact of her work first-hand, which gave her the motivation to keep up the good work even in difficult times. Kanita is proud of what she is accomplishing, and she knows that her work is making a real difference in the lives of the refugees she serves.