Women's health

An estimated 99 per cent of women who die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications live in developing countries. Most of these deaths are preventable.

Be it in conflict, in a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, or in an HIV programme - women are in need of specific care. Reproductive healthcare is an integral part of the medical care we provide, including in emergencies. In areas where maternal death is high, such as in Afghanistan or the Central African Republic, we've opened specific projects to provide care to women. The five main causes of maternal death are haemorrhage, sepsis, unsafe abortion, complications linked to high blood pressure, and obstructed labour.

Quick facts on Women's Health

International Women's Day: Democratic Republic of Congo News. Women's Day
Armed conflict

Women defying the consequences of conflict to care for each other

Latest News 6 Mar 2024
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Edith Clinic in Zimbabwe
International Women's Day

Overcoming taboos for women's positive sexual health

Latest News 6 Mar 2023
A displaced woman who gave birth to her fourth child at a hospital co-managed by MSF, the main hospital providing C-sections in the area.

Northwest Syria: Women face substantial health challenges amid funding shortfalls

Latest News 28 Mar 2022
Zimbabwe Peer educators distributing pads in Epworth

Young women supporting young women to make health choices

Patient and Staff Stories 8 Mar 2022
Adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health project in Mbare, Zimbabwe
Women's health

Evaluation of adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health project in Mbare, Zimbabwe

Report 31 Aug 2021
Cervical cancer for women in Africa

Cancer—a scourge for women in Africa

Latest News 15 Oct 2020