Letters from the Field: From the Congo to Chad

In compelling dispatches from the field, nurse-midwife Meredith Casella documents her experiences in Africa with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

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About Author: Meredith Casella

Meredith Casella earned both her Master and Bachelor of Science degrees from Columbia University in nursing and midwifery. She spent two years with the Peace Corps in Niger and Ghana and a year with The Carter Center as a Field Consultant after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. This field work inspired her to join the medical profession. In the US, she works on reservations, where she handles high-risk and complicated births.

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About Author: Médecins Sans Frontières

Médecins Sans Frontières delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 60 countries. MSF has 234 projects with reproductive health activities. In 2008, medical teams provided antenatal care for over 576,000 women and assisted over 100,000 births. Also, health-care workers provided prevention of mother-to-child transmission care for more than 11,000 HIV-positive mothers, post-rape care for nearly 10,000 survivors, and surgical repair for 300 women with vaginal fistula.

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