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Women’s Health Around the World: An Evening with Doctors Without Borders in Vancouver

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. 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 around the world from getting the care they need and from accessing the services that should be available to them. It is urgent that these challenges be addressed. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has seen from our own work that it can be done. On Thursday March 7, join MSF at the HR MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver for a conversation on the state of women's and girls' health in the countries where we work. 

In advance of International Women's Day, our panelists will discuss the experiences and health needs of women and girls affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters, displacement and lack of access to health care. They will highlight what MSF is doing to provide care for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, consider how to best respond to the causes of maternal mortality including unsafe abortion, and discuss ways to encourage governments and international organizations to address women's and girl’s health needs. Join us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation and an opportunity to consider these issues in more depth. 



Mebrat Beyene, Executive Director, WISH Drop-in Centre Society

Colleen Docherty, Nurse and Gender-Based Violence Expert, MSF

Sandra Smiley, Advocacy Manager, MSF

Chair: Grant Assenheimer, Deputy Executive Director, MSF Canada

HR MacMillan Space Centre

1100 Chestnut Street

Vancouver, V6J 3J9


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