Archive for the Maternal and Child Health Work Category

Life After Fistula: A Malawi Survivor’s Story

Eneles with Family

Our Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, is currently traveling throughout Africa, visiting partners in the region. Below she shares the heartfelt story of a fistula survivor she met in Malawi:  Nearly six months ago, Bridget*, 28,  received fistula repair surgery at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi during the UNFPA Malawi outreach fistula repair camp that Direct Relief supported with […]

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Fistula Surgeries Provide Renewed Hope for Women in Malawi

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Our Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, is currently traveling throughout Africa, visiting partners in the region. Below she shares an update from her travels:  Walking into the post-operative ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, in Blantyre, Malawi, the room full of more than 80 women erupt into song, expressing their happiness to be dry and the chance to live free […]

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Life-Saving Surgical Supplies Arrive in Cambodia

AHC shipment 09 2013 boy and mom

A delivery of medicines and medical supplies recently arrived at Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia to support their work providing free health care to impoverished children. The shipment –  valued at $250,000 – consisted of 19 pallets containing specialty surgical equipment, among other supplies. In a thank you letter to Direct Relief’s supporters, AHC staff said […]

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Partner Q&A: Expanding Health Care Access in Rural Liberia

Meet Alice Johnson, who works as a clinical mentor for Direct Relief’s partner organization, Last Mile Health – a nonprofit working to deliver quality health care to people in need in rural Liberia. Alice  presented on a mental health panel at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)  annual meeting held last week in New York City. When she’s not traveling, she recruits, trains, […]

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Young Kenyan Fistula Survivor Returns to School

Phoebe smiles after surviving fistula. Photo by William Vazquez.

As children in the U.S. return to the classrooms this month, a young woman in Kenya is also returning to school, grateful to be able to continue her studies once again after being repaired from a condition many of her peers have likely never heard about. When Phoebe was just 15 years old, she became pregnant and suffered from a […]

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Local Knitting Group Gives Babies Loving Warmth

Goleta Knitting and Crocheting Group meets weekly to knit items for people in need.

Hundreds of newborn babies around the world are greeted with a loving welcome thanks, in part, to a small team of women who meet weekly to knit baby hats that are then sent to Direct Relief’s partners worldwide. Every Wednesday afternoon, the group of about a dozen women gather at the Goleta Valley Public Library with their knitting baskets in tow to lovingly craft items for […]

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