Read about first-hand accounts from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) aid workers and patients.

July 27, 2015

Maman Agathe’s job is to make sure the 70-odd mothers-to-be staying at the Village d’Accueil are happy, healthy and at ease in the days before the big event.

July 23, 2015

In the maternity ward of Dolo Ado health center, Ethiopia, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) midwife Aisha Akello has an emotional discussion with a woman sitting on the hospital bed. Unlike the rest of the women in the modest ward, lying next to their newborn babies in their respective beds, Rabiya Osman, 23, is all by herself. She looks weary and pale. She seems a bit inattentive to what the midwife is saying—lost in deep thoughts of her own. Shyly, she looks into the midwife’s eyes and nods her head. Two days ago, Rabiya went into labor at home.

May 28, 2015

In November 2014, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched a pediatric project in the region of Bafatá in central Guinea-Bissau. With an infant mortality rate of 116 per 1,000 children, Guinea-Bissau is among the 10 countries with the worst maternal and child health indicators in the world. Here, Isabel Grovas, the MSF medical coordinator in charge of opening the project, discusses the situation.

May 20, 2015

Ahlam* is a 22-year-old mother from Dara’a governorate in Syria. She is the mother of two children, both of whom were born at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital for mother and child care in Irbid, Jordan. Here, Ahlam tells her story and recounts some of the challenges she has faced since she crossed the border to Jordan in 2012. 

March 02, 2015

From October 2014 to January 2015, pediatric nurse Elodie Barniet helped organize the opening of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’s (MSF) maternity center at the hospital in Dasht-e-Barchi, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The maternity center includes a free neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and kangaroo care unit—in which skin-to-skin contact with the mother warms the baby and helps with bonding—for managing potential complications.

June 23, 2014

MSF medical coordinator discusses MSF's work in Balochistan Province, where MSF provides care to mothers and babies at four projects.

September 24, 2013

A recently returned MSF midwife discusses the process of providing maternal and obstetric care in war-ravaged Syria, along with some of the more memorable women she met while in the country.

April 18, 2013

Belgian midwife Cathy Janssens, who recently returned from a MSF assignment in Syria, reflects on the highs and lows of her experience.

March 20, 2013

MSF project manager Loïc Jaeger describes the situation in Syria, where he spent two months working in an MSF hospital.

February 20, 2013

MSF Dr. Susanna Ericsson describes the experience of a patient in Shamwana, where ongoing fighting between government forces and militias has forced thousands of people to flee into the bush.