We know how to save their lives, yet 800 women die every day from pregnancy-related causes. We know how to ease their suffering, yet many victims of sexual violence go without any medical or psychological care. Millions of newborns die in the first weeks of life from preventable causes. And while we know how to keep HIV-positive mothers from passing the virus to their babies, every day 700 children come into the world with HIV.

There are challenges keeping women in developing countries from getting the care they need, the services that should be easily accessible to them. It is urgent that they be addressed—and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has seen from our own work that it can be done. Because Tomorrow Needs Her explores these challenges through the experiences of MSF field workers: doctors, midwives, nurses, and counselors.

In seven chapters, each focused on a specific issue, and one journal that documents six months working in an MSF maternity hospital in Sierra Leone, these field workers share stories of especially memorable patients and describe how field teams have often managed to overcome difficult issues, times when they haven’t, and what still needs to be done. 

In first-hand testimonies, patients and patients’ relatives also share the challenges they face in getting care. And through striking photo stories and videos, we see what those challenges mean for individual women.

What You Can Do

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These women will not be afterthoughts. They cannot be, because, as the title of the book says, tomorrow needs them.

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See Videos of their Stories

Safe Deliveries in Burundi: 2,200 women die during childbirth every year in Burundi from preventable causes. In Kabezi district, MSF's ambulatory service gives women access to life-saving medical care they need. Click here to watch.

A Mother in Malawi Delivers HIV-Free: When a pregnant mother is on effective treatment,  the HIV transmission rate to her child drops from up to 45% to less than 5%. However, not all  women have access to testing and treatment. Click here to watch.

After Decades With A Fistula, A New Life: According to the best available data, 50,000 to 100,000 women develop fistulas every year, and at least two million women and girls are suffering from fistulas at any given time. While not immediately life-threatening, fistulas bring profound consequences. Click here to watch.

Unsafe Abortions in Haiti: Abortions that are self-inflicted or performed by people without proper training have become more prevalent in Haiti, due in part to laws prohibiting the procedure and economic barriers preventing access to proper healthcare services. Click here to watch.

 

A Story of Family Violence in Papua New Guinea: In 2009, MSF opened a center in Tari, Papua New Guinea (PNG) to offer medical and mental health care to survivors of family and sexual violence, both of which are very common in PNG. Click here to watch.

 

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