Veronica Ades is an obstetrician-gynecologist on her first MSF mission in Aweil, South Sudan.
Veronica is originally from New York City. She graduated from Wellesley College, and received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Downstate in Brooklyn, New York. She did her residency training in obstetrics and ynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.
She is currently a fellow in Reproductive Infectious Disease at the University of California, San Francisco. Veronica previously worked for one year at a rural district hospital in Uganda while doing research on malaria in pregnancy. She kept a blog while there called Wanderlust. The blog is available here.
She has not yet mastered the art of the pit latrine.
In Aweil, over the past four years of working in the hospital, MSF has assisted in reducing the maternal death rate to 0.6%. With a rate of 14 percent in southern Sudan, the impact of the program and the importance of having women deliver in the hospital has been made abundantly clear.