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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Involving men in maternity care in Burkina Faso positively impacts family health

Engaging families and communities is crucial to prevent maternal and newborn mortality. We know that men often play an important role in deciding when and where women and children should seek health care. However, male partners and fathers don’t usually accompany women and children when they visit health facilities. This...

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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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Violent Treatment During Childbirth: Croatian Women Speak Out

After years of silence, hundreds of Croatian women have been speaking publicly about the traumatic experiences they suffered during childbirth in the country’s hospitals, putting obstetric violence on the political agenda. -- When Croatian MP Ivana Nincevic Lesandric spoke out about her own painful experience of a cervical scrape carried...

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