Archive for the Maternal and Child Health Work Category

Launch of First Ever Global Fistula Map

Global Fistula Care Map

Exciting day for us as we launch the 1st-ever collaborative & interactive Global Fistula Map! The largest and most comprehensive map of available services for women living with obstetric fistula was launched today by Direct Relief International, the Fistula Foundation, and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. The release of the Global Fistula Map, a major step forward in understanding […]

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Congratulations Worldwide Fistula Fund!

Worldwide Fistula Fund on opening their new fistula clinic in Danja, Niger

Congratulations to everyone at the Worldwide Fistula Fund on opening the Danja Fistula Center in Niger. Direct Relief worked closely with Danja Fistula Center surgeons and staff to arrange a donation of essential medical and surgical supplies needed to help the hospital to launch their program. Danja Fistula Center plans to provide up to 500 women per year with life-restoring surgery. The Executive Director […]

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Childhood Pneumonia

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What it is. Childhood pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, often caused by common viruses. Why it matters. Pneumonia is more deadly than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. Who it’s affecting. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five, killing an estimated 1.6 million children worldwide each year. The majority of children who die from pneumonia […]

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Partner Spotlight: Gynocare Fistula Center

Dr. Mabeya (center) in surgery.

Gynocare Fistula Center, a nongovernmental organization in western Kenya, is dedicated to preventing and treating obstetric fistula – a hole in the birth canal that is caused by prolonged and obstructed labor. The center opened as an outpatient clinic in 2009 and expanded its services to provide fistula repair surgery in June 2011, with support from Direct Relief. In just […]

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Staff Story: Exploring Maternal Health in Northwest Haiti

Haiti EMOC in Need of Repair

Yesterday afternoon my colleagues and I took the thirty minute flight from Port au Prince to Port de Paix in the far Northwest of the country. We came to the north to visit two more hospitals to upgrade the conditions of their maternity wards and encourage more women to come to the hospital for pre-natal visits and delivery. As we […]

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Restoring Health to Women with Obstetric Fistula

Restoring Health to Women with Obstetric Fistula

Aberdeen Women’s Center, Freetown, April 21  We hope that Act Three never arrives. We work hard in Acts One and Two – training and equipping midwives and improving emergency obstetric care – so that mothers can experience a safe pregnancy and the health of their newborn. But at present time, we cannot draw the curtain after only two acts, and […]

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