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Denis Mukwege: Do Not Stand Idly By

Kate Grant | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Kate Grant

Dr. Denis Mukwege has devoted his life to treating the raped and wounded in the long running war in the Congo. Our foundation funds work done by Denis and his team to treat women with fistula, a condition that can leave women incontinent.

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.

Make Combating Child Marriage a U.S. Foreign Policy Priority

Helene D. Gayle | Posted 10.10.2012 | Impact
Helene D. Gayle

When it comes to marriage, girls shouldn't be the ones taking vows. You and I should. On the first-ever International Day of the Girl, let's vow to end child marriage together.

Nicholas Kristof's 'Half The Sky' Movement Takes On Maternal Mortality

Emily Heinz | Posted 05.30.2012 | Impact

Every 90 seconds, a woman dies giving birth. That's the starting point of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's newest series of films, Half the Sk...

Illinois Man Who Sewed Son's Buttocks Shut, Takes Alford Plea

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 06.28.2012 | Crime

A northeast Illinois man who stood accused of using a needle and thread to sew his son's buttocks shut has accepted a plea agreement and will not spen...

Horror and Hope in the Congo

Kate Grant | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Kate Grant

Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro provides an illuminating view of the war in Congo and profiles Heal Africa, a pioneering hospital in this besieged region, confronting the immeasurable toll on women from rape, brutal violence, and obstetric fistula.

Women Hold Up Half The Sky

Kate Grant | Posted 04.15.2012 | Arts
Kate Grant

The exhibit challenges you to open your eyes, open your mind, open your heart, and most of all to act to improve the lot of the world's women. The enemy is not men. The enemy is indifference and its evil twin inaction.

Mother Courage: A New Lease on Life Following Fistula Surgery

David Lindsay | Posted 03.17.2012 | World
David Lindsay

There is nothing more devastating for a mother than the loss of her child. In a cruel irony, the last 10 years in the life of the optimistically-named Happiness Josephat Miyawa have been truly miserable.

Teen Brides Suffer Pain, Shame From Fistula

Posted 10.04.2011 | Healthy Living

NAIROBI (TrustLaw) - "Nobody wants a woman who passes stools all the time and smells," whispered Farhiya Mohamed Farah, explaining why her husband...

Back to Bangladesh - Day 3

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 08.23.2011 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

It is important to keep in mind that globally, for every single maternal death, there are at least 20 morbidities.

Fistula: A Horrifying Condition Affecting Women Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Today, on International Women's Day, another woman will join the some 2 million others suffering from obstetric fistula. She will labor, perhaps a...

Love Your Mother, Save Another

Cristina Page | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cristina Page

Unlike many of the world's problems, making huge strides in the fight against maternal mortality is actually easy. And relatively inexpensive too. There are things we can all do.

Fistula: An American Rarity, an African Reality

Anika Rahman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Anika Rahman

When maternal mortality is a preferred choice over maternal morbidity for women in developing nations -- as Americans, we must stand up and take action.

Mothers of Ethiopia Part III: Battling Pregnancy Complications

Hanna Ingber Win | Posted 12.07.2011 | World
Hanna Ingber Win

Editor's note: Hanna Ingber Win, the Huffington Post's World Editor, was recently invited by the UN Population Fund to visit its maternal health progr...

Africa's Forgotten Tragedy -- A Cursed Woman

Heidi Kingstone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heidi Kingstone

Women live in hell with a condition that has all but been eliminated in the developed world.