Whether a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project is a response to an emergency or longer-term, provision of reproductive health care will very often be a component.
Among other reproductive health activities, MSF teams conduct antenatal consultations, assist in deliveries (including Caesarean section), provide prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) treatment to HIV-positive pregnant women, and care for patients suffering from sexual violence-related injuries. Additionally, a number of MSF programs offer specialist obstetric repair surgery for women with vaginal fistula.
As a midwife with MSF, your experience in both complicated and normal deliveries will be essential. You could be involved in setting up a mother-child health department in a rural clinic, providing reproductive health care from mobile clinics, or treating patients in an urban hospital. Your training abilities are crucial because you may be assigned to help local midwives develop new skills. At the same time, you will need to learn cross-cultural issues surrounding childbirth.
- Must meet general requirements
- Minimum commitment of 9 to 12 months
- Appropriate degree and/or certificate in midwifery
- Current or recent practical experience
(i.e. at least 6 months of clinical practice within the last 2 years)
- Ability to train and coach other health workers
- Experience managing high-risk pregnancies and complicated deliveries
- Experience with antenatal and postnatal care
- Experience managing preeclampsia/eclampsia
- Experience using a partogram
- Experience with family planning and mother-child health care
- Advance Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course
- Experience in any of the following:
- international public health
- refugee health
- tropical medicine
- Knowledge of STDs, HIV/AIDS, and/or PMTCT protocols