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Obstetrician / Gynaecologist

Whether a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) project is a response to an emergency or longer-term, provision of reproductive health care will very often be a component.

Among other reproductive health activities, MSF teams conduct antenatal consultations, assist in deliveries (including cesarean section), provide prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) treatment to HIV-positive pregnant women, and care for patients suffering from sexual violence-related injuries. Additionally, a number of MSF programmes offer specialist obstetric repair surgery for women with vaginal fistula.

As an OB-GYN on an MSF mission, your clinical skills and resourcefulness will be put to the test. You will work to diagnose and treat medical conditions not commonly found in South Africa, often without the resources you may be accustomed to having on hand. You can expect to perform both emergency and planned OB-GYN surgeries, manage obstetric complications (such as instrumental deliveries), manage post-operative follow-up, and train and support both surgical and midwifery staff. You will also need to learn cross-cultural issues surrounding childbirth.

You will not be facing these challenges alone—other MSF team members, both international and locally hired staff, will provide technical support, including extensive guidelines and protocols.


  • Medical degree and specialised post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Full Medical Council registration
  • At least 2 years of relevant clinical work experience, post-registration
  • Minimum commitment of four  weeks
  • Experience in emergency surgeries and with complicated deliveries
  • Ability to perform caesarean sections
  • Willingness to work in unstable areas
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • Flexible and able to manage stress