Archive for the Maternal and Child Health Work Category

Protecting Kids in Surgery in Cambodia

AHC

During the holidays, Direct Relief was able to help get 25,000 pairs of much-needed surgical gloves to Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Cambodia due to a generous donation from Ansell. “Surgical gloves are such an important part of making sure you have a safe and sterile surgery, and Ansell really stepped up to help make sure that happens for […]

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Training Skilled Birth Attendants in Haiti

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Coinciding with the three year anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Direct Relief announced a $30,000 grant this week to be used for a year-long training program to enhance the skills of 180 birth attendants working in Haiti. This program will result in safer deliveries for thousands of women and reduce the overall maternal mortality rate in Haiti […]

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Partnership Launched to Fight Fistula in Pakistan

Fistula Patient and Advocate. Photo courtesy of Koohi Goth Hospital.

As the New Year begins, Direct Relief is excited to announce a new program that aims to significantly increase the availability of obstetric fistula treatment and to improve prevention efforts to reduce the occurrence of this devastating childbirth injury in Pakistan. Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged and obstructed labor without prompt medical intervention. Fistula affects […]

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Improving the Lives of Mothers and Children in Indonesia

A mother with her new baby at Bumi Sedat Indonesia.

Last week, Direct Relief announced continued support for Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a nonprofit organization based in Bali, Indonesia, that provides holistic delivery services and pre- and post-natal care to women and children of Bali and Aceh, Indonesia. The multi-year grant was made in the memory of Glenda Martin, herself a midwife, who had a deep affinity for the people and […]

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Restoring Health and Hope for Women with Fistula in Somalia

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Earlier this month, Direct Relief provided a $50,000 grant to support essential obstetric fistula repair surgeries for women who are living with this devastating and debilitating condition in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Direct Relief again partnered with the Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), an international nonprofit organization committed to improving maternal and neonatal health in disadvantaged communities throughout Africa, to […]

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Global Fistula Map Presented at International Conference

From left to right, Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, and me.

More than 300 delegates gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh last week at the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS) Congress 2012. The meeting theme this year: Fistula: An Injustice to Women- Let’s Work to Bring Justice, calls upon all of us to work together to address this devastating childbirth injury, suffered by an estimated 2 million women in developing countries. […]

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