Mobile Clinics in Akobo and Kier : providing access to basic healthcare in remote areas

Women's health

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 CAR, 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.

Women's Health

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What Makes the Global Gag Rule so Dangerous? ENG
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What Makes the Global Gag Rule so Dangerous? ENG

Why is the Global Gag Rule dangerous?

When United States President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy as one of his first acts in office, advocates for women’s health were alarmed. The policy, better known as the Global Gag Rule, cuts off US funds for programmes overseas that are involved in abortion-related activities, including counselling and informing women about their reproductive choices. This restriction is literally a “gag” on health care providers worldwide, even in countries where abortion has been decriminalised.

 
International Women's Day 2017
Website

No woman should die to give birth

msf.org
 
Dr Claire Fotheringham
Afghanistan

Reducing risks for pregnant women

Voices from the Field 6 Mar 2017
 
International Women's Day 2017
International Women's Day

Safe delivery care in Afghanistan

Project Update 1 Mar 2017
 
Tanzania

Testimonies from refugees in Nduta and Nyarugusu camps

Voices from the Field 20 Feb 2017
 
Nigeria

MSF supports awareness of sexual violence in Port Harcourt

Voices from the Field 5 Feb 2017
 
"Because Tomorrow Needs Her" communications project - Unsafe abortion in Haiti
Women's health

The Mexico City Policy endangers women's lives

Statement 26 Jan 2017
 
Photo Story

A day at the general rural hospital in Thi As Sufal district

14 Jan 2017
Photo Story
 
Mobile clinic in Borgulia, Tal Afar district, Iraq
Iraq

New maternity clinic ensures women deliver safely in Tal Maraq in the northwestern district of Tal Afar

Project Update 4 Jan 2017
 
Hepatitis E Outbreak, Chad, Dec 2016.
Chad

MSF teams treating and preventing hepatitis E in Am Timan

Project Update 14 Dec 2016
5000 Children of Adele (EN)
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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.

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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)