MSF works with teams of qualified, specialised, motivated gynaecologists/obstetricians who provide high-quality care for patients.
Our maternity units and surgical projects deliver high-quality standardised care (protocols, hygiene, technical platform and medicinal products) and, despite the unstable or remote settings in which we work, MSF provides the appropriate expatriate and local human resources to ensure the provision of high-quality care for patients.
Our need for gynaecologists/obstetricians is increasing and crucial for our projects because:
- They contribute their expertise to the overall care of patients.
- They also play a role in training and in sharing expertise with local doctors.
Only female gynaecologists/obstetricians are accepted in our maternity units in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
We have various maternity units, one of which is in Khost, Afghanistan.
Khost is a province in eastern Afghanistan whose population has been greatly impacted by the war.
The project started in 2012. It is a maternity unit that offers family planning services and a neonatology unit. The project has been widely accepted by the community since its launch.
There are huge obstetric needs and, at present, approximately 2,000 women a month come to the maternity unit to give birth.
The medical team comprises expatriates and local employees who work together providing gynaecological, anaesthesia, surgical, paediatric and maternity services.
The team is supported by nurses from the operating room, the anaesthesia unit and the inpatient department, as well as a pharmacist and laboratory technicians.
Role of the gynaecologist/obstetrician
- Training the midwives, nurses and local doctors.
- Managing the obstetric procedures in close cooperation with the paramedical and medical team.
- Managing the labour and delivery rooms with the midwives.
- Managing post-partum complications.
- Carrying out patient rounds every day.
- A certification in gynaecology-obstetrics.
- Desire to share knowledge, skills and experience with colleagues.
- Good knowledge of English and/or French.
- Experience in team management, training and supervision.
- Available for a minimum period of six weeks.
- Ability to adapt to working with sometimes limited resources.
- Applications from female gynaecologists/obstetricians are sought.
- Preparation for departure on assignment, briefing and debriefing.
- Health insurance.
- Transportation, vaccinations, visa and accommodation expenses.
- Monthly salary and per diem.
The MSF surgical care policy covers all surgical and anaesthesia care and encompasses:
- General surgery.
- Obstetrics and gynaecology.
- Orthopaedic surgery.
- Specialised surgery.
The MSF surgical policy provides for all the different settings and their constraints by listing the minimum conditions needed to deliver the best quality of care possible. Read the MSF surgical policy.
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MSF surgical policy
Several times a year, MSF organises ALSO (Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics) training within its obstetric and gynaecological projects.
MSF also regularly works with the WHO on protocols to be applied and on exchanging information on its databases.
The gynaecologist/obstetrician is regularly invited to participate in various platforms, particularly:
- FIGO, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
- BecauseHealth, Belgium.
- ITM, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium.
- International Centre for Reproductive Health, Ghent, Belgium.
- WHO, Geneva, Switzerland.