August 12, 2015

Mohammed, Diana, and Azeel

Thirty-five-year-old Mohammed clutches his one-year-old daughter Azeel in his arms while his wife Diana, her eyes bright red from salty sea water, tries to collect herself inside the hospital area on board the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) rescue ship Dignity 1.

June 10, 2015

In Ivory Coast, years of instability have severely weakened health services and led to a lack of both facilities and trained staff. The dearth of options available to expectant mothers and their babies has resulted in particularly high levels of maternal mortality. In July 2014, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)—already working in maternity units in Duékoué and Abobo—opened a program to care for pregnant women and newborns at Katiola Regional Hospital Center (RHC), north of Bouaké.

May 20, 2015

The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mother and child project in Irbid, northern Jordan, has been augmented to perform complicated deliveries, including Caesarean sections, and provide improved neonatal care to Syrian refugees in the region.

January 29, 2015

MSF has opened a new maternity unit for pregnant women with Ebola—or those suspected of having Ebola—within an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone.

January 07, 2015

On the bright morning of November 3, 2014, a 29-year-old mother of three named Adem arrived at the Yambio State Hospital’s maternity ward with advanced labor pains. While taking her medical and obstetric history, the medical team discovered that she had undergone a Caesarean section exactly one year earlier.

October 27, 2014

 

In Ethiopia’s Sidama zone, a lush, green region dotted with oval-shaped huts, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a maternal health project in the Chire and Mejo divisions (known as woredas).

September 16, 2014

 

Just a few weeks after opening its doors for the first time on August 4, the maternity unit in Domeez refugee camp, in northern Iraqi Kurdistan, is crowded with Syrian women, many of them mothers of newborns or mothers-to-be. All have chosen to take advantage of a range of maternity services—from antenatal check-ups to postnatal vaccinations—provided by staff who are themselves refugees.

October 15, 2013

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

September 03, 2013

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.

August 29, 2013

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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