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Dr. Betty Raney, 57, from Indianapolis, US, and Dr. Etienne Penlap Temdie, 41, and Dr. Amadu Jawara, 46, (a medical student in residence) make rounds at the Gondama Referral Center in Bo, Sierra Leone, October 27, 2012. Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world, with only three OB/GYNs working in government hospitals around the country--the same amount as currently working in the privately-run MSF Gondama Referral Center, alone. Though the government of Sierra Leone introduced free health care to pregnant and lactating women, and children under 5, across the country in 2010, the services and trained medical staff are inaccessible to much of the population. MSF has been able to reduce the rate of maternal deaths in the district by providing 24-hour emergency obstetric care, along with an ambulance system, in which ambulances are made available to villages across the district in Bo to pick up women who have complications with their pregnancies. The rate of maternal deaths is roughly 60% in lower in Bo District than in the rest of the country because of these services. (Credit: Lynsey Addario/ VII)