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Africa Fistula

The Most Heartbreaking Condition You've Never Heard Of

Catherine Murphy | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

Until I met Mariama, ten years after her agonizing delivery, I had never heard of vesicovaginal fistula (VVF). That's because in the United States, stories like hers haven't been told in more than 100 years. Today, VVF keeps company with obsoletes like smallpox and polio in the shadows of Western medicine, where its symptoms are referenced in the past tense. But in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, more than 2 million women still suffer from the condition.

Obstetric Fistula: No Longer A Neglected Tragedy

Kate Grant | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Grant

Until a decade ago, fistula was literally not on the global health agenda, even though it is arguably the most devastating and disabling of all childbirth injuries. The simple reason: women who suffer from fistula live almost exclusively in rural areas of very resource constrained countries, and are therefore some of the least empowered human beings on the planet.

An Army Of Health

ONE | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
ONE

The health needs in Ethiopia are great, so the program is ambitious. With assistance from USAID, Ethiopia created an army of Health Extension Workers. These workers are assigned to every village and community in the country.

Dispatches From Ethiopia

ONE | Posted 12.15.2012 | Impact
ONE

Yesterday I learned about fistula. At it's most basic, it means a hole. But, what it really means to the women who experiences it is a stillborn child, loss of a husband and marriage, loss of dignity, and total ostracization from her community.