MSF recently posted their activity report on their work in Haiti during 2015. This included a brief update on their successes in maternal care. Here’s what was said:
“Located in the Delmas 33 neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, MSF’s 148-bed Centre de Référence des Urgences en Obstétrique (CRUO) provides care to pregnant women experiencing serious and life-threatening complications such as pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, obstetric haemorrhage, obstructed labour or uterine rupture. Services include postnatal care, family planning and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, as well as neonatal care and mental health support. In 2015, the team carried out more than 18,300 consultations, assisted over 6,000 births and admitted 2,500 babies to the neonatal ward. The 10-bed ‘Cholernity’ ward, which provides specialised treatment for pregnant women with cholera, admitted 144 patients.”
Though the issue on maternal care has not disappeared, there is hope for a better future thanks to Doctors Without Borders!