Around the world, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams are working to protect the health of mothers and children. The stories below talk about the enormous challenges faced by our patients, the impact of MSF programs, and healthcare innovations that can improve the lives of people in crisis.
PLUS Stephen Cornish: Saving women, saving children (National Post, May 28, 2014)
Maternal death an avoidable crisis
Emergency obstetric care can save the lives of pregnant women caught in humanitarian crises. These stories from South Sudan, Pakistan, Haiti and DRC show how MSF provides emergency obstetric care in chronic and acute crises.
- Urgent Delivery – Maternal Death: The Avoidable Crisis (PDF)
- Safe Delivery: Reducing Maternal Mortality in Sierra Leone and Burundi (PDF)
- Against the Odds: Integrating maternal and newborn care (PDF)
Every year, one in five kids worldwide isn't fully vaccinated. That's more than 22 million young lives at risk in one year alone. MSF's Access Campaign seeks to give children the best shot at a healthy life, through the development of temperature-tolerant vaccines, the promotion of full vaccination for all, vaccinating in emergencies and advocating for more affordable vaccines.
- Give Children the Best Shot: MSF's campaign for better access to vaccines
- Vaccinating children beyond the cold chain: Extending the heat stability of vaccines (PDF)
Child mortality reduced with comprehensive healthcare
In Mali, one in five children don't live to see their fifth birthday. Malnutrition, malaria and pneumonia are the main killers. But these diseases are treatable and preventable. In Konseguela, MSF and the Ministry of Health are running a comprehensive healthcare program targeting the main causes of child mortality.
- Curative and preventive paediatric care – Konséguéla health area, Koutiala district, Sikasso region, Mali (PDF)
Malnutrition: worldwide killer
An estimated 195 million children worldwide suffer from the effects of malnutrition, with 90 per cent living in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
"Starved for Attention" is an Emmy-nominated documentary web site that captures frontline stories of malnutrition from Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, India, Mexico, and the United States.
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