Archive for the Maternal and Child Health Work Category

Grant Helps Women in Somalia Access Fistula Repair and Regain Dignity

Since the fistula ward opened in January, more than 57 life-changing repair surgeries have been performed.

Until recently, women in Somalia suffering from obstetric fistula – a devastating childbirth injury– had no where to turn for help within their own country. In response to the urgent need, Direct Relief partnered with Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), providing the organization a $50,000 grant in November that helped Banadir Hospital – the largest maternal and child health care referral hospital in Somalia – open […]

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106 Women Receive Life-Restoring Fistula Treatment in Western Uganda

A group photo with the patients after fistula repair surgery. Photo courtesy of EngenderHealth.

More than 100 women living with obstetric fistula – a devastating childbirth injury –  received life-restoring treatment at a two-week long fistula repair camp recently held at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, one of Direct Relief’s partners in western Uganda. Five fistula surgeons from across the country assisted with 106 repairs over the course of the camp, which was coordinated by EngenderHealth. This far surpassed […]

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First-Ever Day to End Fistula Brings Attention to Progress, Challenges

Salima*, 26, was referred  for obstetric fistula treatment and is part of a rehabilitation program.

Tragic health condition affecting more than 2 million women worldwide “hidden in plain sight”  Santa Barbara, Calif. (May, 23, 2013)—Marking the first-ever International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on May 23, Direct Relief is intensifying its decade-long efforts to prevent obstetric fistula and expand life-restoring surgical treatment for the estimated two million women – overwhelmingly in developing countries - who suffer from the […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Mothers From Marchand Dessalines, Haiti

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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 our staffer in Haiti, Catherine Hermantin, who recently met with moms in the city of Marchand Dessalines.  Haiti has the highest rates of infant, under-five and maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere. But through collaboration with […]

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Direct Relief Women Raises Funds for 4,000 Safe Births at Annual Mother’s Day Event

Members of Direct Relief Women smile together at the event.

Direct Relief Women – a group that supports Direct Relief’s programs targeting maternal and child health – raised more than $100,000 at its third annual Mother’s Day event held Thursday evening at the home of Bryan and Lisa Babcock in Montecito. The amount raised will allow the Goleta-based humanitarian aid organization to support more than 4,000 safe births for mothers […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Afghan Mom Becomes a Neonatal Nurse

Mursal smiles with her daughter. Photo courtesy of American Medical Overseas Relief.

 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 Dr. Mark Scoffield, CEO of American Medical Overseas Relief.  Mursal is a mother in Afghanistan who is also a neonatal nurse for American Medical Overseas Relief (AMOR), a Direct Relief partner. While this may not seem […]

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