Our patients from the north of Yemen, especially Al-Qafla & Al-Asha districts, have unique challenges of lack of access and lack of transportation and antenatal care. These women who are often malnourished have higher incidents of malaria and anaemia. There are women who have had fourteen or fifteen pregnancies and this is an added complication.
A large number of our patients cannot access the hospital because they do not have money for transport or simply cannot find a taxi to drop them to the hospital. MSF has a referral system from Huth Health Center to the hospital in Khamer, which helps with this.
The number of pregnant woman coming for delivery is increasing. In 2013, MSF performed 1,820 normal deliveries and C-sections. In 2014, our teams performed 2,558 normal deliveries and C-sections.
The initiative to improve our support to some health units where the majority of our most complicated cases are coming from is a very good idea, helping us to reach the sickest patients who find it very difficult to reach us, but I wonder how many do not even make it. I worry that there are women who die at home delivering their children.
Me with a baby who was born an hour before this photo was taken at Al-Salam Hospital. He was the first child his mother delivered at the hospital. The mother who has had three other children and two miscarriages, said that the delivery was still painful but she feels safe in the hospital. She asked me to name her baby so I suggested suggested Ibrahim or Musa. © MSF
Our objectives in 2015 are to reduce mother and child mortality, to improve the quality of care provided to our patients and to keep responding to emergency cases.