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Obstetric Fistula

Honoring International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Dr Denis Mukwege | Posted 07.09.2016 | World
Dr Denis Mukwege

As can be attested by the tens of thousands of women and girls worldwide who have received surgical repairs for devastating conditions like fistula, it is utterly impossible to transform the lives of women without access to essential reproductive health services.

Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula

Abbey Kocan | Posted 05.20.2016 | Impact
Abbey Kocan

The first time I met a woman who was recovering from obstetric fistula surgery, I was faced with a reality I had been sheltered from for far too long.

Celebrating International Women's Day: Three Women You Need to Know

Kate Grant | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Kate Grant

Today as the world celebrates International Women's Day, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to three incredible women that Fistula Foundation is fortunate to work with, who have dedicated their lives to helping women who suffer from the devastating childbirth injury obstetric fistula.

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

Kate Grant | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

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." The issue is important because roughly one billion men, women and children live in dire poverty on less than a dollar a day.

More Midwives Needed to Reduce Maternal Deaths

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

With the Sustainable Development Goals enshrined by world leaders and the United Nations Secretary-General's updated Global Strategy for Every Woman, Every Child launched last month, we can make maternal deaths a thing of the past.

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

Kate Grant | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Kate Grant

While working in rural West Pokot County, Kenya, as a newly-trained medical doctor many years ago, Dr. Mabeya noticed a significant number of women presenting at his facility with obstetric fistula, an injury caused by prolonged and obstructed labor.

Build It and They Will Come: New Approaches to Eliminating Fistula and Other Maternal Morbidities

Francesca Cameron | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Francesca Cameron

Obstetric fistula and pelvic organ prolapse are two common maternal morbidities that impact thousands of women in developing countries each year but are often overshadowed by maternal mortalities.

Lessons From the Heart

Kate Grant | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Kate Grant

As Sarah finished her remarks, I sat frozen and overwhelmed by a sensation both profound and penetrating: a true sense of awe, and the recognition that I was in the presence of an extraordinary soul -- the strongest and most courageous person I'd ever encountered.

"Doing Good" Needed to Be Done a Bit Better

Kate Grant | Posted 07.29.2016 | Books
Kate Grant

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 Difference.

Raising the Bar on Respectful Care During Childbirth

Kate Grant | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Kate Grant

While every day I am grateful for my healthy and thriving son, who is growing up too quickly before my eyes, I know that far too many women are not able to share my experience of a safe delivery with respectful care.

Dying From Corruption

Kate Grant | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact
Kate Grant

Maybe it's time the financial institutions and oil and diamond companies that help keep the political elite in those Porsches wake up to their complicity in this unfolding tragedy.

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 05.22.2016 | 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.

End the Inequity, End Fistula

Pamela Barnes | Posted 05.21.2016 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Fistula is almost entirely preventable with access to family planning and quality maternal health care, and it can be treated with fistula repair surgery. Yet, roughly one to two million girls and women continue to suffer from obstetric fistula, primarily in Africa and Asia.

Whole Again: Obstetric Fistula in Rural Uganda

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

On May 23 Uganda will join the world in celebrating the third International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, which arose from the Campaign to End Fistula initiated in 2003 by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

A Stranger World

Kate Grant | Posted 05.14.2016 | 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?

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.

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

Kate Grant | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Kate Grant

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 week seems like the right day to recognize three of them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

One Life at a Time

Avery McCall | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Avery McCall

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpg I had never heard of issues like sex trafficking and obstetric fistulas, let alone how prevalent they are. I couldn't believe that so many girls and women suffered and the rest of us let it continue.