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Fistula

We Can Prevent And Treat Obstetric Fistula. Let's Do Both.

Catherine Murphy | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

In honor of International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, we honor the brave women who struggle with the shame and burden of fistula, and we welcome partners from around the world to join us in helping to ensure their future is instead filled with hope and potential.

What Women Should Be Able To Expect When They're Expecting

Abbey Kocan | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Abbey Kocan

My husband and I are expecting our first child in September, a prospect that fills me with both joy and fear. Like most patients in developed countries, my husband and I expect high-quality medical care to be the standard.

A Stranger World

Kate Grant | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

In the end, I am moved that a bunch of strangers from all over the world came together like this to change the lives of women suffering needlessly. Aren't you?

Eleanor Goldberg

5 Predictions That Give Us Hope For Moms And Babies Around The World

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

Helping Women in Africa Suffering From the Most Heartbreaking Condition You've Never Heard of, Fistula

Claire Fordham | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Claire Fordham

"We can take care of 50 women in two weeks, working from sun up to sun down. My goal is to not be needed because we've trained enough local medics to take over fistula repair," said Dr. Tarnay.

An Investment in Success

Kate Grant | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

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.

Why Creativity Matters: Bringing Global Advocacy Films to the People

Lisa Russell | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Lisa Russell

Creativity matters for global health advocacy because utilizing innovative distribution strategies can help a film and its message reach a wider audience.

First World Ignorance

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Tinsley

Perhaps we should also ask a simple question about the rights of a woman in any given society: can she determine when she has children, and how many of them she will have? If she cannot, then what use are her supposed positions of honor or status? But come to think of it, shouldn't that right extend to women in the so-called developed first world, too?

The Better Angels

Kate Grant | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

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.

No Ordinary Friday

Kate Grant | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

The most extraordinary conversation I had this year almost didn't happen. The woman calling said her name was Lisa, and she'd called to thank me for a thank you letter I had sent to her for her recent donation.

mFistula: A Mobile-Based Film and Advocacy Initiative to Help End Obstetric Fistula

Lisa Russell | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Lisa Russell

Regardless of the location, there are countless fistula stories about women who live in extremely remote areas or are too poor to afford the transportation to a facility where free services are available. They are left living their entire lives in physical and social discomfort.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 3: Tanzania

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

In the United States, obstetric fistula is virtually unknown. This isn't the case in in the developing world, where obstetric fistula affects more than two million poor women and girls, Some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year.

For Ethiopian Mothers, A Fate Worse Than Death

Kelly Yee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kelly Yee

We know that obstetric fistula is easily preventable. And yet, millions of African women suffer from the condition. As we help mothers around the world improve their lives through education, resources, and other aid, we need to first convey the basic underlying tenet to the mother: She is worth it.

A Fistula-Free Generation Is Possible

Pamela Barnes | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

We are thrilled to be in Uganda to recognize the achievements of EngenderHealth's Fistula Care project, the largest U.S. government-funded initiative to treat and prevent obstetric fistula in more than 10 countries throughout Africa and Asia.

Amid All Things Royal Baby, Moms Worldwide Deal With These 5 Devastating Maternal Health Issues

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact

Because the media did all but install a Flipcam in Kate Middleton’s uterus, the world has now become full-on experts in a whole host of pregnancy-re...

Edna Adan University Hospital: 300 Fistula Repairs and Counting

Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Friends of Edna's Maternity Hospital

The Community Midwife program at Edna Adan Hospital, which is supported by UNFPA, seeks to train 1,000 women from all over Somaliland to be qualified healthcare workers in the hopes that they will return to their homes and provide assistance for other women.

WATCH: The Traumatic Childbirth Injury No One Is Talking About

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

The fact that women and girls still suffer from obstetric fistula is evidence that health systems are failing to provide good prenatal care, nutrition, a skilled attendant at birth and emergency obstetric care. On this First International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, learn how you can help.

Fistula's Youngest Victims

Kate Gilmore | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Kate Gilmore

We might say that to be injured by pregnancy or through birthing at age 25 is extremely sad; that at the age of 30, it is deeply traumatic, or maybe, that at the age of 40, it is devastating. But what words should we apply when pregnancy injures -- for life -- a 10-, 11- or 12-year-old?

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.

A Fistula-Free Generation Is Achievable in Our Lifetime

Pamela Barnes | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

May is the month when we celebrate our mothers. For Fatoumata, a mother in Guinea, she is celebrating a brand new life. Recently, she was lifted from ...

7 Sadly Disturbing Truths On International Women's Day

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact

On International Women’s Day, we have a number of groundbreaking accomplishments to celebrate. This year alone, women in the U.S. won the right to s...

When Transforming a Life is as Simple as Playing a Game

Kate Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kate Grant

What if you could do something right now to help heal girls and women with fistula in the developing world? And what if helping was as simple as playing a game?

One Billion Rising to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

On Valentine's Day, we danced in protest of gender-based violence as part of a worldwide movement, One Billion Rising.

20 Minutes That Changed The World: Hillary Clinton In Beijing

Kate Grant | Posted 04.06.2013 | Women
Kate Grant

Clad in a gentle pink suit, cream blouse and pearls, she could have been the wife of a Methodist Minister or Headmistress at a conservative girls' school. But the demur package was only a veneer.

Crisis in Goma, Congo

Kate Grant | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
Kate Grant

While the UN "peacekeepers" may have kept the peace in Goma by basically getting out of the way of the marauding rebel forces, this did not spare the civilians who have suffered so much already from the carnage and chaos in the besieged region.