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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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Nigeria 2011 Yann Libessart / MSF

Preventing and treating obstetric fistulas in Nigeria

Voices from the Field 8 Mar 2011

The 'backyard disease'

Project Update 7 Mar 2011
Women's health

Sentenced to injury and shame

Project Update 7 Mar 2011
Women's health

The other Butterfly Effect: MSF treats women injured in childbirth

Project Update 7 Mar 2011

In a Somaliland camp, a triple blessing amidst ongoing hardship

Voices from the Field 13 Dec 2010

Letter from the field: One day in my life - A midwife in Balochistan, Pakistan

Voices from the Field 20 Oct 2010

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
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)