Maternal and Child Health services in Douentza Hospital .
Mali

Medical services in northeastern Mali

In northeastern Mali, in the towns of Ansongo and Douentza, MSF provides a range of medical services.

Since 2012, we have supported services in the referral hospital in Ansongo, in the Gao region, including outpatients, emergency care and hospitalisation, maternal health, treatment of chronic illnesses, nutrition, and neonatal and paediatric services. At the community health centre in the town, renovated by MSF, the teams provide primary health care to pregnant women and children under aged under five.

In Douentza, in the nearby Mopti region, MSF teams support the Referral Health Centre (CSRef) in nutrition, emergency surgery, mental health, and care and hospitalisation for children aged 0-15. We also ensures the transfer of urgent cases to the city of Mopti. 

Services in the referral hospital in Ansongo
At the community health centre in Ansongo, the women from the town and its surroundings bring their children aged under 5 to be vaccinated. The MSF team uses vaccination cards to call the names of the mothers sat on the mats as they wait their turn.
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Services in the referral hospital in Ansongo
Sidiki, an MSF doctor, and Aminata, the MSF supervising midwife, do the morning rounds to visit the new mothers in the delivery room at the maternity centre in Ansongo.
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Services in the referral hospital in Ansongo
Mahamadou Agaïri, 40, wears his two-day-old baby 'kangaroo' style - an unprecedented gesture in a place where men don't normally carry babies - while his wife recovers from an obstetric operation she underwent during the delivery at the MSF-supported hospital in Asongo.
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Services in the referral hospital in Ansongo
Aminata, MSF supervising midwife at the maternity clinic in Ansongo, doing a consultation for a newborn.
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Services in the referral hospital in Ansongo
Tala is from the nomadic community of Daoussack between Meneka and Ansongo. Aged 17, she was referred to the clinic in Ansongo at the end of November by the community health centre in Tinehama. She is suffering from anaemia following a heamorrhage that she had while delivering her first baby at home. Orginally from Tagaragaboute, a community about 100km from Ansongo town, Tala had to walk for two days and then take a vehicle to get to Ansongo. Now hospitalised in the post-partum room, she is benefitting from a series of blood transfusions.
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Maternal and Child Health services in Douentza Hospital .
Mothers wait with their children in front of the paediatric unit at the CSRef in Douentza. MSF provides free healthcare here for children aged 0 to 15 years old.
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Maternal and Child Health services in Douentza Hospital .
Fatoumata, 30, mother of two children and a housewife from the village of Wui, a commune of Boré located 50km from Douentza. Fatoumata accompanies her one-year-old daughter Mariam who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Mariam has been hospitalised for 4 days in the paediatric ward where she receives care from MSF in the stabilisation room.
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Maternal and Child Health services in Douentza Hospital
Fatoumata, a mother of five from a nomadic community, was stabilised by MSF staff at the referral health centre in Dala, near Douentza, in northern Mali, having arrived in a critical condition.
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Maternal and Child Health services in Douentza Hospital .
The operating theatre of the CSRef in Douentza, which is supported by MSF through the provision of staff and equipment. The surgeons intervene to save the life of a pregnant woman with a complicated birth requiring obstetric surgery.
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Maternal and Child Health services in Douentza Hospital .
MSF staff giving vaccinations in Douentza.
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Maternal and Child Health services in Douentza Hospital .
Mothers with their recovering children in front of the malnutrition treatment unit at the CSRef in Douentza.
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