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Kate Grant is the CEO of the Fistula Foundation, the largest nonprofit focused exclusively on fighting the childbirth injury obstetric fistula globally.

Entries by Kate Grant

Obstetric Fistula: No Longer A Neglected Tragedy

(5) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 10:16 AM

In September of 1994, the world community gathered in Cairo for the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). It was the largest intergovernmental conference on population and development ever held, producing a comprehensive Programme of Action that remains today as both touchstone and framework for the field....

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Transforming a Life With Low-cost Surgery

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 10:34 AM

It's a story that is almost impossible to imagine here in the U.S.

Micheline was married at 14 in a rural community in Chad, a country in central Africa's Sahara desert. She became pregnant soon after. Micheline went into labor at home, but after enduring two days of excruciating...

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Lucky Like Beatrice

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 12:05 AM

This post is part of the Global Mom Relay. Every time you share this blog, $5 will go to women and girls around the world. Scroll to the bottom to find out more.

I'd like to tell you a story about two mothers. Both were pregnant with their...

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When Transforming a Life is as Simple as Playing a Game

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 8:23 AM

Hamida is a young woman of 25 from a small town in the southernmost point of mainland Bangladesh, at the Myanmar border. She was married at a young age, became pregnant and gave birth at home, as more than 95 percent of women do in her region for fear of...

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How to End FGM? Clue: It's Not About Laws

(28) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 8:50 AM

February 6 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The day is a rallying cry to call attention to what the World Health Organization describes as "all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to...

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20 Minutes That Changed The World: Hillary Clinton In Beijing

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 4:00 PM

In 1995, I was barely two years out of graduate school and working for the Administrator of USAID, the foreign aid agency of the U.S. government. With tenacity and a bit of luck I angled myself onto the United States Delegation to the UN Women's Conference in Beijing, China, the...

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Crisis in Goma, Congo

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 8:45 AM

As we settled into a long day of cooking, feasting and football watching, half a world away our partners at HEAL Africa Hospital in Goma, Congo confronted a very different reality. Reports from HEAL are of an overflowing emergency room, jammed with the victims of the takeover of...

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Denis Mukwege: Do Not Stand Idly By

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 10:11 AM

Last week, a modest man returned home a day early after a work trip abroad. Tired from the grueling voyage, he was looking forward to getting back to his wife and children.

When his car drove up, he was greeted, not by his family, but by a

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The Muslim Mother Teresa

(65) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:07 AM

I hope I live to see the day where a humanitarian hero is referred to as the Christian Edna Adan.

Who's Edna Adan? The short answer: she's a nurse-midwife, founder of a hospital bearing her name, who's saving and changing the lives of tens of thousands of people in...

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When Helping Women Just "Clicks"

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 7:53 AM

New York this week will be a gridlock of diplomats and do-gooders, the well-heeled and the well-meaning as the United Nations General Assembly convenes to discuss, among other things, progress toward Millennium Development Goals. The crowd at the UN certainly won't be alone. Scores of other events have been packed...

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Do Something Uncontroversial

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 5:49 PM

At the Fistula Foundation we work every day to help women injured in childbirth in Africa and Asia, get life-transforming surgery to take them from lives of miserable incontinence to health and vitality. One of the proven strategies for helping prevent childbirth injuries like fistula and the death...

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Blame It on Eve: Ensler's 'Emotional Creature' Will Rock Your World

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 11:33 AM

Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler, made famous by her revolutionary Vagina Monologues, takes another bold, beautiful and inspiring step forward with her new play, Emotional Creature. I attended the premier last week at the Berkeley Repertory Theater and was dazzled!

In this extraordinary work Ensler takes her audience on...

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Horror and Hope in the Congo

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 3:13 PM

Congo is deemed the worst place on earth to be a woman and is designated the "rape capital of the world." In the face of horrific violence and a war that has claimed over 4 million lives, Heal Africa provides critical care to desperately...

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Women Hold Up Half The Sky

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 9:22 PM

Whether it's the storied Louvre in Paris or the Metropolitan in New York, most museums preserve the past -- be it treasured artifacts or priceless art produced by long dead masters -- think Mona Lisa and Grecian urns. The perspective is society's rear view mirror, not what's right in front...

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Angel in Disguise

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 11:07 AM

The Wednesday before Christmas was like any other day at the Fistula Foundation. Until it wasn't.

Santa came early.

The phone rang and the company that processes our credit card transactions said someone was trying to donate $20,000 online and hit a glitch. Since our average...

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Giving With a Big Heart and a Tough Mind

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Princeton Ethics Professor Peter Singer thinks deeply about a variety of issues. That's his job. And, according to Time magazine, he's one of the most influential thinkers in the world.

What Singer says about our charitable giving is both provocative and courageous, because he challenges the true worth...

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Tale of Two Mothers

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2011 | 3:39 PM

In spring of 1999 a young woman named Cipriana got married in Huambo Province in central Angola, and became pregnant with her first child. That same spring, after a wedding I think my own mother thought would never happen, I too became pregnant with my first child in New York....

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