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Because Tomorrow Needs Her

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Join the fight for women’s health as Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières launches its new initiative with a photo exhibit and panel discussion on March 4 at Pace.

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.

Millions of babies die in the first weeks of life from preventable causes. 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.

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Wednesday, March 4 for the launch of Because Tomorrow Needs Her, a discussion and multimedia presentation, featuring experienced MSF field workers who will share stories of women they’ve been able to help, those they haven’t, and what still needs to be done. Because Tomorrow Needs Her is a collection of first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers—midwives, OBGYNs, physicians, nurses, and counselors—who have treated women and girls in a host of different countries and contexts over the past two decades.

The photo exhibit opening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the panel discussion led by The Daily Beast’s Nina Strochlic, with MSF field workers and one of the project’s photographers, at 7:30 p.m. in the Schimmel Center.


Nina Strochlic is a reporter at The Daily Beast, covering women's rights and international development. She's reported from South America, Southeast Asia, and Central Africa, most extensively in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has written for Vice, Marie Claire, and National Geographic Traveler.


Martina Bacigalupo lives in Burundi, East Africa, where she works as a freelance photographer, often in collaboration with international NGOs including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and Handicap International. Her work has been published by The New York Times, Sunday Times Magazine, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Liberation, Internazionale. She won the Canon Female Photojournalist Award in 2010 and the Fnac Award for photographic creation in 2011. She is member of AGENCE VU in Paris and is represented by Grimaldi Gavin Gallery in London.

Séverine Caluwaerts, MD, is a Belgian gynecologist-obstetrician. During her medical residency she spent a year in South Africa where she cared for HIV-positive women. After finishing her specialization, she did a six-month tropical medicine course and, in 2008, went to work with MSF in Sierra Leone. She has also worked in Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Burundi, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in MSF’s maternal health projects. When she is not on mission, she works with HIV-positive pregnant women in Belgium and is involved in teaching medical students and midwives. She is also one of the referent gynecologists for MSF.

Catrin Schulte-Hillen began working with MSF in 1989 as a midwife, going on to serve as a project coordinator and project manager in conflict and post-conflict contexts in Africa, Latin America, and the Balkans. Before becoming MSF’s reproductive health and sexual violence care working group leader, Schulte-Hillen was program director for MSF-USA and worked for several years as a health adviser and consultant on a number of specific assignments and evaluations for MSF and for other NGOs and the European Commission. As working group leader, Schulte-Hillen contributes to defining MSF’s vision, medical policies, and strategies.

Africa Stewart, MD, is a wife and mother of three originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland. She then completed her medical degree and post-doctoral residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Drexel University and Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Stewart joined MSF in 2011 and has served in Sudan, South Sudan, and Nigeria. Internationally she is an outspoken supporter of women's rights and specializes in obstetric fistula prevention and repair. She continues to serve her local communities with adolescent outreach and education.

Admission is free, but registration is required.

Co-sponsored by Student Government Association and the Pace University Rotaract Chapter.

The exhibition of photographs by international, award-winning photojournalists covering women’s health in developing countries continues through March 10 (open daily, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) in the Schimmel Center.

Be part of the conversation: #TomorrowNeedsHer