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An estimated 99 per cent of women who die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications live in developing countries. Most of these deaths are preventable.

Be it in conflict, in a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, or in an HIV programme - women are in need of specific care. Reproductive healthcare is an integral part of the medical care we provide, including in emergencies. In areas where maternal death is high, such as in Afghanistan or the Central African Republic, we've opened specific projects to provide care to women. The five main causes of maternal death are haemorrhage, sepsis, unsafe abortion, complications linked to high blood pressure, and obstructed labour.

For information on safe abortion care, please visit our dedicated page.

Women's Health

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Boosting maternal and child healthcare in Dera Murad Jamali, Pakistan

Project Update 5 Oct 2010

Where childbirth is a deadly part of life

Project Update 10 Dec 2009

100 women operated for obstetric fistula so far this year in Chad

Project Update 21 Sep 2009

Pregnant women desperate for free emergency obstetric care in Haiti

Press Release 7 Nov 2008

A perilous journey: The obstacle to safe delivery for vulnerable women in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Report 20 Aug 2008
Sierra Leone

MSF reduces its presence in Sierra Leone

Project Update 16 Aug 2007
Democratic Republic of Congo

A delayed arrival in Katanga

Voices from the Field 23 May 2007
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Emergency obstetrical care in Haiti, where maternal mortality is highest in western world

28 Mar 2006
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Treating bullet wounds and delivering babies

Project Update 27 Dec 2005
5000 Children of Adele (EN)

5000 Children of Adele (EN)

The 5000 children of Adele

Adele is a Central African midwife in the country's biggest maternity ward in Bangui.

This is the story of what it's like to help deliver babies under gunshots, but also what it means to be a woman in a country with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

We produce important research based on our field experience. So far, we have published articles in over 100 peer-reviewed journals. These articles have often changed clinical practice and have been used for humanitarian advocacy. Read all our Women's Health-related articles on our dedicated Field Research website.

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Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF)