Increasing newborn babies’ chances of survival

In Pakistan, one baby in every 22 dies during its first month of life. This is the world’s highest rate of newborn mortality and a distressing statistic to which stillborn babies must be added. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides maternal and child healthcare services in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, near...

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Miscarriages and malnourishment: The perils of pregnancy in Yemen

Abeir Mohammed* sits at the foot of her mother's mud-brick house in Sawan, east of Yemen's capital Sanaa. She struggles as she searches for the words to describe the loss of her unborn child due to toxoplasmosis in July, this year. Usually preventable, toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a...

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Understanding the reasons for hospital and home births in Haiti

In a country like Haiti, where 60% of women deliver at home, it is not uncommon that women find themselves in very risky situations if something starts to go wrong during labor or delivery. In rural areas – the risk is even higher as villages are spread across the mountainous...

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