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Atija Bacar a 66 ans et vit dans le camp de déplacés Eduardo Mondlane à Mueda, à Cabo Delgado. Elle travaille désormais avec MSF en tant qu'accoucheuse traditionnelle et assiste plus de 100 femmes dans le camp.

Mozambique

The challenge of a safe pregnancy and childbirth in Cabo Delgado

Atija Bacar is 66 years old and lives in Eduardo Mondlane camp for internally displaced people in Mueda, in Cabo Delgado. She now works with MSF as a traditional birth attendant and assists more than 100 women in the camp © Mariana Abdalla/ MSF
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Atija Bacar is 66 years old and lives in Eduardo Mondlane, a camp for people who are internally displaced in Mueda, in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. She is originally from Mocímboa da Praia, a town heavily hit by attacks in the ongoing conflict in the northern province. Atija works with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as a traditional birth attendant, pregnancy and childbirth care providers living in the community, and assists more than 100 women in the camp.

    Like many of them, she lived through traumatic experiences, witnessing her husband’s and son’s murders. Now, she says she loves doing her job since she can help women in their time of need –

    When I arrived here, this place was a forest. Some good people helped me to get settled. Now I can also help pregnant women. I know they need my support.”

    In Cabo Delgado, hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in search for safety due to an ongoing conflict. Eduardo Mondlane camp is home to more than 2,000 displaced families.

    Women and children are amongst the most vulnerable and face multiple challenges.

    Many of them have walked long distances and left their families behind and many were separated from their loved ones or witnessed their death due to murder or poor living conditions and lack of medical care.

    As well, a lot of pregnant women are still very young and have little to no information on how to lead a healthy pregnancy and the needs and dangers of childbirth.

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