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

Quick Facts

What Makes the Global Gag Rule so Dangerous? ENG

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.

 
Peshawar Women Hospital
Pakistan

Increasing newborn babies' chances of survival

Project Update 8 Nov 2018
 
Midwife Story
Ethiopia

A name full of hope

Voices from the Field 30 Oct 2018
 
Khost - Neonatal
Afghanistan

“My sister, I will take care of you”

Voices from the Field 3 Oct 2018
 
Khost Comic Images
Afghanistan

Illustrating MSF’s busiest maternity ward

Project Update 3 Oct 2018
 
Pregnant and HIV+ Mamotsieleli Molofotsane walks many hours to health center, Lesotho
Women's health

"I’ve seen with my own eyes, safe abortion saves lives"

Interview 27 Sep 2018
MSF activities in Masisi
Democratic Republic of Congo

48 hours on the frontline of maternity care

msf.org 24 Sep 2018
 
Sexual and reproductive healthcare in Mrima Hospital
Photo Story

Tales from MSF’s ‘Container Village’ in Likoni

16 Aug 2018
Photo Story
 
Taiz, Yemen
Yemen

“In Taiz, people are still hopeful for a stronger future.”

Interview 23 Jul 2018
 
Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Community
Bangladesh

“This feels more like an emergency room than a normal delivery room”

Project Update 23 May 2018
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.

Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF)