MSF OBGYN Stephen Torres describes best- and worst-case scenarios at the MSF project in Bo.

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Giving birth can be risky in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, which has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates. To help make childbirth safer, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) midwives are working with traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in the area.

“What are the challenges that you are facing at home when you are conducting a delivery?” asks Aisha Akello, an MSF midwife during one session.

“Sometimes we see an arm coming out and we don’t know what to do,” answers one of TBAs.

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Giving birth in conflict-torn Afghanistan is costly and dangerous. MSF runs a hospital in Khost province that provides free maternal care.

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As the number of people in need of urgent medical care in Syria continues to rise, MSF is running six hospitals, four health centers, and several mobile clinic programs inside the country. 

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MSF provides services for mothers and newborns in Lesotho, where a high prevalence of HIV and limited access to care can make giving birth dangerous.

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Obstetric fistulas affect some two million women worldwide. MSF is training gynecologists to treat this devastating condition.

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MSF is providing care to mothers in the remote Ethiopian region of Aroressa, where health centers and qualified medical personnel are scarce.

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In North Darfur, MSF is helping pregnant mothers avert serious health risks that can occur before, during and, after a baby is born. 

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A dialysis unit support project located in the Kirkuk general hospital implemented by the international medical humanitarian organization MSF is complete.

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MSF and SINA working together to provide free medical care for residents of Karachi's Machar Colony.

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