Archive for the Maternal and Child Health Work Category

Fistula Repair Camp Helps 100+ Women in Malawi Access Treatment

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With assistance from Direct Relief, 102 women were able to receive life-changing obstetric fistula treatment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, during the Fistula Repair Camp that took place in May, coordinated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-Malawi. Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal that results from prolonged and obstructed labor when women do not […]

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Updated Global Fistula Map, Expanded Efforts to Overcome Barriers to Care

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On May 23, 2014, the second annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Direct Relief released the annual update of the Global Fistula Map (more below) – a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Fistula Foundation to consolidate global data on treatment access for fistula – and is expanding efforts to prevent obstetric fistula and increase life-restoring […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Fistula Survivor Embraces Motherhood

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At Direct Relief, May is for moms. Throughout the month, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from a partner based in western Kenya, Women and Development Against Distress in Africa. Sarah Adhiambo, a 32-year-old mother of two, is an obstetric fistula survivor from western Kenya who is able to embrace the true meaning […]

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Health Promoters Help Women Access Cervical Cancer Screening in Haiti

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Adeline Beris and Yolette Jean work as health promoters for a clinic in Haiti that screens women for cervical cancer, a crucial step in reducing the number of women who die from the disease. This screening and training program was set up through Direct Relief’s partnership with Basic Health International (BHI) and Fondation St. Luc in an effort to equip […]

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Life-Saving Midwife Kits Delivered in the Philippines

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  One thousand babies will be born safely in the Philippines with help from a delivery of 20 Midwife Kits to skilled midwives working in typhoon-affected areas. In collaboration with the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP), Direct Relief has placed the kits at birthing centers throughout the Visayas that were directly affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) and are […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Mother Robin Answers the Call to Protect Pregnant Women

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Moms matter. Throughout the month of May, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from Yayasan Bumi Sehat’s medical relief camp in Dulag, Philippines.  Robin Lim is an internationally recognized midwife known for the life-saving work of her Indonesian-based nonprofit, Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation).  Also known as Ibu (Mother) Robin […]

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