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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's Working: Health Care Delivery Using Hospital Ships

Catherine Murphy | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

Florentine and Raso met in the waiting room the day their toddlers were scheduled to see Mercy Ships' orthopedic team. Their children suffer from the same congenital deformity called clubfoot, which causes the feet to twist at the ankle and curve inward. Both children are about 20 months old, but neither has taken a first step.

Doctors Remove Football-Sized Tumor From 17-Year-Old's Face

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 10.09.2014 | Weird News

For the past 10 years, Grace, a 17-year-old girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has suffered with a large growing facial tumor. "It started f...

Bringing Health And Joy To Children At Sea

Catherine Murphy | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

I live in a special community. Although I don't have children of my own, I get to experience the joy of being surrounded by them all the time. Kids fill my days with fun, laughter and imagination. Unfortunately, they sometimes bring screams, cries and messes as well.

How A 9-Year-Old Girl From Guinea Finally Got The Medical Care She Needed

Catherine Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

There is a universal principle of childhood physics that we all remember well: the joy of spinning in circles. Perhaps it was spinning while locking hands with a playmate, in a teacup at Disney World, dancing in pirouettes, or simply turning in place -- it was a thrill to send our surroundings into a kaleidoscopic blur. This was followed by a dizzy fit of giggles until our internal compasses caught up, and the world came back into focus.

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.