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Kate Grant
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

Saving the World, Startup-Style: a Billion Reasons to Support Effective Altruists

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 2:05 PM

This week's New York Times Magazine contains a short, but brilliantly provocative piece by "On Money" writer, Adam Davidson, titled "Saving the World, Startup-Style."

Davidson describes what he calls a "quiet revolution in the way many scholars and advocates think about approach." The main idea is...

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One Man's Vision to End the Wait for Women in Kenya

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Just outside of downtown Eldoret, a large city in western Kenya with a population of about 300,000, you will find a small building tucked away beneath a giant Jacaranda tree, heavy with purple blossoms. If not for the sign out front welcoming visitors to Gynocare Fistula Center, you might think...

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Lessons From the Heart

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 8:38 AM

On a drizzly gray London morning in October, 2007, I sat in the front of a large windowless room to listen to a panel discussion at the maternal health conference, Women Deliver. I downed a double latte, trying to jump start my groggy jet-lagged brain. The session was...

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"Doing Good" Needed to Be Done a Bit Better

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 6:24 PM

William MacAskill is that rare creature: a true visionary and iconoclast, a bright rising star in the too often stodgy field of philanthropy. Like many people in the Effective Altruism movement, I anticipated this week's release of MacAskill's book Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a...

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Raising the Bar on Respectful Care During Childbirth

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Like so many first-time mothers-to-be in the U.S., I attended childbirth classes regularly before the birth of my now 15-year old-son. While those classes are largely a blur, I do remember one exercise: tightly gripping an ice cube for 60 seconds while breathing deeply to help replicate the pain that...

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Dying From Corruption

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:51 PM

Humankind has triumphed over diseases that used to kill millions - think plague, smallpox and polio - but we haven't seemed to slay the largest killer of them all: greed. In a riveting piece of stellar journalism, Nick Kristof and Adam Ellick of The New York Times posted this video...

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A Stranger World

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 6:54 PM

If you could send out an email to thousands of strangers around the world, what would you say?

When Allie Pape finally got the chance through The Listserve -- an e-mail lottery where one person each day wins the opportunity to address thousands of strangers - she...

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An Investment in Success

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 3:58 PM

In the summer of 2013, Dr. Ganesh Dangal boarded a plane from his home in Kathmandu, Nepal, to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. It was a trip that would set his professional life on a new and exciting path: he was to become one of the first surgeons trained...

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3 Women's Health Issues Every Thinking Man (and Woman!) Should Know About

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 10:35 AM

March 8th, 2015 was International Women's Day. It's the 104th time the day has been celebrated. As women break barriers and crack glass ceilings in countries like the U.S., in much of the developing world, women and girls still face staggering challenges to their health and well-being. This...

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Paving the Road to Postpartum Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Days after delivering a stillborn child, Umuhoza had grown terribly ill, She was running a fever, barely able to walk and incontinent. Her mother grew increasingly concerned and knew she had to get Umuhoza to a hospital, even though it was hours from their rural village in northwest Rwanda.

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The Better Angels

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:35 AM

Scottish nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, continues to fight for her health in Royal Free Hospital in London, as the Ebola virus ravages her body. Infected while serving as a volunteer nurse for Save the Children in Sierra Leone, Cafferkey has been hospitalized for more than two weeks. Thankfully, the Hospital reports...

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No Ordinary Friday

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 1:11 PM

The most extraordinary conversation I had this year almost didn't happen.

It was a Friday night. The office was closed when a member of our team came to my office door and told me that a donor was on the phone and wanted to talk to me.

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Obstetric Fistula: No Longer A Neglected Tragedy

(5) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 11:16 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 | 11:34 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 | 1:05 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 | 9:23 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 | 9:50 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 | 5:00 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 | 9:45 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 | 11:11 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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