We know how to save their lives, yet 800 women die every day from pregnancy-related causes. We know how to ease their suffering, yet many victims of sexual violence go without any medical or psychological care. Millions of newborns die in the first weeks of life from preventable causes. And while we know how to keep HIV-positive mothers from passing the virus to their babies, every day 700 children come into the world with HIV.
There are challenges keeping women in developing countries from getting the care they need, the services that should be easily accessible to them. It is urgent that they be addressed—and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has seen from our own work that it can be done. Because Tomorrow Needs Her explores these challenges through the experiences of MSF field workers: doctors, midwives, nurses, and counselors.
In seven chapters, each focused on a specific issue, and one journal that documents six months working in an MSF maternity hospital in Sierra Leone, these field workers share stories of especially memorable patients and describe how field teams have often managed to overcome difficult issues, times when they haven’t, and what still needs to be done.
In first-hand testimonies, patients and patients’ relatives also share the challenges they face in getting care. And through striking photo stories and videos, we see what those challenges mean for individual women.