In response to the needs, MSF built a maternity clinic in Domiz where women from the camp can safely deliver their babies and access care before and after giving birth. Over the past four years, MSF medical teams have delivered more than 3,400 babies and provided more than 27,400 gynecological consultations. Women here no longer give birth on the floor of a tent.
Domiz has now grown to shelter more than 40,000 Syrian refugees, and many of them have settled in for the long haul as the war next door continues. The tents have been replaced with basic concrete houses clad with iron sheets, makeshift cafes serve steaming plates of Syrian food, and carpet shops display their wares along dusty roads.
MSF launched the sexual and reproductive health and maternity project in Domiz camp in 2013. Teams initially provided prenatal care, antenatal care, and family planning services. In 2014, the project was expanded to a full maternity unit with a 24-hour delivery room, triage, and gynecological consultations.
Twenty-nine-year-old Shorash was the first mother to deliver at the clinic. She gave the midwives who delivered her baby the honor of choosing a name: Isla. Since then, Shorash has also given birth to baby Shifa at the facility.
“I heard about the maternity unit from my neighbors, and someone from MSF visited us and informed us that there would be a new unit,” Shorash said. “The services here are really good, and they take care of us.” She was grateful to have access to free and comprehensive support. “They visited me and did tests and monitoring before, during, and after delivery. It was important for me because I wanted to know the baby was okay,” she said.