9-20 | The international medical-humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in association with its research partner Epicentre, has announced it will host the 2011 International Symposium on Reducing Child Mortality in Melbourne, Australia.
4-26 | In Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Southern Sudan, where most people have very little access to health care, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a mother and child health program. In the maternity ward of Aweil Civil Hospital, MSF teams work to reduce the maternal death rate.
3-8 | On March 8 and 9, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) organised a workshop in Geneva to improve the treatment of obstetric fistula. This condition, a cause of great shame, affects two million women worldwide, mostly in Africa."The sun should not rise or set twice on a woman in labour." Despite this proverb, endless labours before delivery are legion in Africa, where a majority of women give birth at home. When they finally come to the hospital, it is often not only too late for the newborn, but sometimes for the mother.
3-7 | Approximately two million women worldwide suffer from an obstetric fistula, one of the most serious consequences of obstructed labour. A fistula is a hole between the vagina and the bladder or rectum, through which urine or faeces leak continuously. The injury is completely preventable and has almost disappeared in developed countries where there is universal access to obstetric care.