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Bring new life into a new year: The first MSF deliveries of 2020

08 Jan 2020

As 2020 kicked-off with fireworks and celebrations, MSF teams around the world were busy helping women safely give birth – bringing new life into a new year. In many of the areas we work in, our patients will sadly still face challenges raising their children in difficult circumstances. However, MSF will always go where the need is greatest, working to deliver vital healthcare to vulnerable people.

Babies from Iraq

A compolation of babies born in MSF facilities in Iraq. © MSF

Baby Jood (left) just made it to the new decade and was born at 12:02am in Nablus Hospital in West Mosul, Iraq. His mum Hania had been admitted just 2.5 hours earlier and thankfully suffered no complications whilst bringing her 3.15 kilogram son into the world. Hania has the simple wish that her son will grow up to enjoy a good life.

The baby shown in the centre was born on New Years Day in MSF's Sinuni Hospital in the Sinjar region in north western Iraq.

The baby shown on the right was born on New Years Day in the MSF maternity unit at the primary healthcare clinic in Qayyarah in north western Iraq.

Halida Khalid's little boy was born at 18h00 on New Years Day in MSF's Sinuni Hospital in the Sinjar region in north western Iraq. Mama may be tired but she sure is happy to have safely welcomed her little guy. © MSF
Fatila's baby boy was born at 9.35pm on New Years Day in MSF's Sinuni Hospital, near Sinjar, in north western Iraq weighing three kilograms. © MSF

Babies from Lebanon

The first babies of 2020 born at our maternity unit in Arsal, Lebanon. © MSF

Babies from South Sudan

This sweet boy was born at 12.27am on January 1st in the MSF hospital in Bentiu South Sudan. © MSF

18 year old mother Nyalaat, labored normally and was fully dilated by midnight. She commenced pushing and baby boy was born at 12.27am weighing 3.05 kilograms and screaming at birth which is always a good sign. This is Nyalaat’s first baby and her hope for his future is that she can send him to school.

 

Babies from Ethiopia

A compilation of babies born in MSF facilities in Ethiopia. © MSF

Baby boy Chudler (left) was born weighing 2.6 kilograms at 9am on New Years Day. This is 18 year old mother Nyalul first baby and she hopes that her baby will receive a good education.

Baby boy Eyob (centre) was born weighing 3.5 kilograms at 12.32am on New Years Day. This is Bediriya's second baby and also hopes that her baby will receive a good education.

Baby boy Manamanya (right) was born weighing 3.2 kilograms at 1.05am on New Years Day. This is Pari's third baby and she hopes that her baby will become a medical doctor. 

 

Babies from Afghanistan

This baby boy was born at 12.06am weighing 4.35 kilograms on New Years Day in MSF's maternity hospital in Khost, Afghanistan. This is the mothers third child, already having one boy and one girl. Unfortunately the mother has been pregnant six times altoge