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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.

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...