This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.
Years of political crisis have taken a heavy toll on the health system, and maternal mortality rates are particularly dire. In the Hambol region, where there are an estimated 661 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ran a project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to improve the management of obstetric and neonatal emergencies in rural settings. MSF supported the Katiola referral hospital and three primary health centers in the region by providing additional personnel and medical supplies; facilitating an efficient referral system for complicated deliveries; and running a training, coaching, and supervision program for Ministry of Health staff. An average of 350 deliveries per month were assisted in MSF-supported facilities. At Katiola hospital, 55 newborns were admitted to the neonatal ward and 50 Cesarean sections were performed.