Maternal and Child Health Work

Laxmi’s Story: Overcoming Challenges to Fistula Repair in Nepal

Laxmi after fistula repair. Photo courtesy of International Nepal Fellowship.

Laxmi, an obstetric fistula patient in Nepal received care through a repair camp Direct Relief supported with needed medicines and medical supplies. Shared with her permission, Laxmi’s first-hand account follows below. My name is Laxmi Bhatt. I live with my husband and two sons in Baitadi district, Salina 4 in Nepal. I am 32 years old. I married when I was […]

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LA Health Center Makes Midwifery Services Available to All Women

Carmen Escobedo is receiving pregnancy care through Eisn'ers Women's Health Center. Photo courtesy of Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center.

When Carmen Escobedo found out she was pregnant with her first child, she immediately began to seek out the best medical care available. “I knew I wanted a midwife,” said Carmen, who is due in late September. “That was very important to me.” That desire led Carmen to the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center’s Women’s Health Center. Eisner is […]

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A Day in the Life of Community Health Workers

A Day in the Life of a CHW

Celebrating World Health Worker Week (April 5 -11, 2015), a new story map from Esri, The Earth Institute at Columbia, and Direct Relief, aims to raise support and awareness for the life changing contributions of community health workers. In dozens of countries, tens of thousands of women and men get up each morning to travel miles over rough roads and […]

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1,000 Dignity Kits Readied for Women Awaiting Obstetric Fistula Repair

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One thousand Dignity Kits are ready to send to women around the world suffering from obstetric fistula thanks to the help of about three dozen Direct Relief Women volunteers who packed the kits Friday at Direct Relief headquarters in honor of International Women’s Day – March 8. Volunteer Molly Green came with her daughter and said it was very special […]

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Repairing Fistula, Restoring Lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Members of SOLFA pose with fistula survivors at Hôpital St. Luc. Courtesy photo.

Located in the city of Kisantu on the western side of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Hôpital Général de Référence Saint Luc is Direct Relief’s first obstetric fistula partner in the DRC. A 274-bed referral hospital that serves a catchment area of approximately 150,000 people, Saint Luc received its first shipment of two fistula modules last year. Obstetric […]

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Nanotte’s Story: Battling Cervical Cancer in Haiti

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Nanotte is a 43-year-old mother in Haiti who heard about the free cervical cancer screening services offered at Klinik Manitane and came in for screening. Health workers found that Nanotte had an undiagnosed lesion that had already progressed to cervical cancer. This diagnosis can be a death sentence for women like Nanotte who have limited means and live in a […]

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