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Colombia: MSF ends activities in Quibdó

04 May 2010

A sign announces the main entrance of the hospital. Choco Department is one of the poorest area. Photo: Mads Nissen

Many of the hospital’s patients come from areas like this, a Quibdo suburb called Villa de Espania. Photo: Mads Nissen

Patients come from a variety of backgrounds:most people in the area are Afro-Colombian, but the hospital also serves indigenous groups who often live far away in remote communities deep in the rainforest. Photo: Mads Nissen

Victims of sexual violence are now offered treatment at the hospital. Photo: Mads Nissen

Before MSF took over the maternity ward, Bejarano said it had water leaks throughout. Photo: Mads Nissen

A 16-year-old is in painful labor. Photo: Mads Nissen

After a long and exhausting delivery, she had a healthy girl. “In 2004,” said Bejarano, “we had 14 maternal deaths. This year, so far, we haven’t had a single maternal death and for me that’s the most important thing.” Photo: Mads Nissen

Bejarano checks on the 16-year-old patient after she has given birth. Photo: Mads Nissen

A woman in labor has her baby’s heartbeat monitored. Photo: Mads Nissen

The local staff is trained by an Italian MSF nurse how to use the incubator in the neonatology ward. Photo: Mads Nissen

An infant rests inside one of the incubators. Photo: Mads Nissen

A new mother and father share a moment in the maternity ward.Today there are 46 beds in the ward and an additional 16 in the delivery room. Photo: Mads Nissen

Mothers and infants attend the hospital’s antenatal care program. Photo: Mads Nissen

A patient and nurse look out from one of the hospital’s balconies. Photo: Mads Nissen

After five years working in the maternity ward of the only hospital of its kind in Choco department, Colombia, MSF is handing over the ward to the hospital. MSF succeeded in increasing the quality and volume of activities and reducing maternal mortality. There is a commitment from the hospital to continue with the services MSF has implemented.