Anupurba Roy Chowdhury 
WHO
Location: DPR Korea
Occupation: Technical Officer / Lab Specialist
What does being a Humanitarian mean to you?
The main objective  is to be humane and to serve people with dedication to improve living conditions and make a real difference in people’s lives.

What is the most favourite part of your work?
I find it exciting when working in a lab and doing research, I see something I can train national partners on which can be implemented in the field. For example, delivering a training on quality assurance of a lab which will ultimately result in improved diagnostics. Tuberculosis is a very common disease and when a patient gets the right diagnosis and the right treatment, it makes me very happy as I know what I have been working so hard for. I don’t conduct a research for my own satisfaction as it does not really add value unless I can transfer this knowledge to other people. What really matters to me is to see a satisfied smile on the face of a person to whom the knowledge has been imparted and then to witness them in action delivering services to patients. This is how I understand humanity.        
                                
What is the most challenging part of your work?
I believe, I have similar challenges as other humanitarians, which include dealing with administrative issues, delays, and not always being able to reach some areas. Some activities take a lot of time and effort to plan and when you cannot deliver for reasons beyond your control, it is rather challenging to explain it to people and manage their disappointment.

Photo credit: WFP/Diego Fernandez