Doctors Without Borders

Doctors in an operating room

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) was founded as a humanitarian response to the Parisian upheavals of 1968. Per their charter, Doctors Without Borders provides “assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict.”

Women’s Health Worldwide

For women’s health specifically, Doctors Without Borders works to reduce maternal and infant mortality. The facts, according to their website, are that “99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries” with the main causes being “hemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labor.” In addition, the transmission rate of mother-to-child HIV in poor countries is 25 to 45%.

Access to quality healthcare significantly reduces these and other risks during pregnancy, and during/after the birth. In addition to having high quality healthcare facilities located in poverty-stricken areas like sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti, Doctors Without Borders provides mobile clinics that travel to areas with no access to healthcare, offering much needed services to women and infants, including:

  • Prenatal care
  • Emergency obstetric care
  • Postnatal care
  • Family planning services

Doctors Without Borders also focuses much time and energy on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. By offering testing during prenatal consultation, mothers who are diagnosed can be treated appropriately during pregnancy and after birth. The baby is also monitored and treated to reduce mortality and illness rates.


More About Doctors Without Borders

  • Offices in 28 countries
  • Currently more than 30,000 employees
  • Treated over a hundred million patients since their founding
  • Assisted in 250,300 births, including Caesarean sections in 2016

Because Tomorrow Needs Her

This women’s health project from shares stories of challenges faced by women in developing countries These first-hand testimonials from Doctors Without Borders workers (doctors, midwives, counsellors, nurses), as well as patients and their families, focus on difficult situations and how Doctors Without Borders helped overcome challenges with access to the necessary healthcare resources.

To learn more about their humanitarian efforts, medical research, mental health consultation services, and other initiatives, please visit

Our Mission

The providers of Capital Women's Care seek the highest quality medical and ethical standard in an environment that nurtures the spirit of caring for every woman.


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