Despite the positive news from international organizations that worldwide maternal mortality has dropped by 47 percent since 1990, progress against maternal death remains slow in many of the places where Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works. MSF staff who have worked or are currently working in some of these maternal mortality hot spots will discuss the challenges they have faced in trying to help save lives.
Jason Cone is the Communications Director for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States. In this capacity, he has overseen crisis and advocacy communications campaigns for MSF, ranging from the Haiti earthquake and cholera epidemic, to global childhood malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. He recently conducted a risk assessment and analysis in South Sudan for MSF's Medical Care Under Fire campaign.
HIV/TB Medical Advisor, Southern Africa Medical Unit, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
Dr. Helen Bygrave trained at Cambridge University and University College London School of Medicine, qualifying as a General Practitioner in 1995. For the last eight years she has worked for MSF supporting HIV/TB programs across Africa and Asia and currently works as one of MSF’s HIV/TB advisors in the Southern Africa Medical Unit. One of her major focuses has been supporting the field implementation of Prevention of Mother-to-Child... Read More →
Obstetrician/Gynecologist Advisor, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
Dr. Séverine Caluwaerts became an obstetrician/gynecologist in 2007 in Belgium, her home country. During her residency she spent one year in South Africa where she cared for a large population of HIV positive women. She then undertook her first assignment with MSF in 2008 in Sierra Leone, which she has revisited several times. After that she worked in Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Burundi, Pakistan and Afghanistan in... Read More →
Certified Nurse Midwife, Reproductive Health Specialist Advisor, Doctors Without Borders
Debbie Price is a certified nurse-midwife and has been working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 1998. Her field experience includes postings as medical coordinator in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Sudan (Darfur), and Haiti. She has trained first-time medical coordinators, has been a member of the MSF emergency team, and conducted program evaluations in Cambodia and Russia... Read More →
Medical Director, MSF's Centre de Reference des Urgences Obtetricales (CRUO) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Dr. Rodnie Senat-Delva is a medical doctor from Haiti, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Senat-Delva embarked on her first of three MSF assignments in 2008 and is currently the medical director at MSF's 146-bed obstetrical emergency hospital, Centre de Reference des Urgences Obtetricales (CRUO), in Port-au-Prince.