Maternal and Child Health Work

Kenyan Woman Regains Hope After Fistula Repair

anna fistula survivor - Photo by Jane Lehnhoff

One of Direct Relief’s GlaxoSmithKline PULSE volunteers, Jane Lehnhoff,  is based at our partner organization OGRA Foundation in Kisumu, Kenya where she is supporting our work to expand obstetric fistula treatment to women in the region. A registered nurse, Jane has been able to assist with fistula surgery while there and is also organizing a support group for the women after […]

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Increasing Access to Pneumonia Treatment for Children in Liberia

A Frontline Health Worker leads a focus group in the town of Doweh, Liberia. Photo courtesy of Last Mile Health.

With support from Direct Relief, aid organization Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) trained 10 Frontline Health Workers (FHW) in the last year to identify, treat, and refer children with symptoms of pneumonia – the number one cause of death of children under five worldwide. Recent data reveals that in less than six months of project implementation, the number of children […]

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Women in Malawi Receive Life-Restoring Fistula Treatment

The clinician Mr. Sembo (far left) and hospital charge nurse accompanying the Deputy Minister of Heath and UNFPA representative during the a visit in the fistula ward. Photo courtesy of UNFPA.

Aided by supplies from Direct Relief, 64 women received life-restoring obstetric fistula treatment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, during the Fistula Repair Camp this May organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-Malawi. Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury that happens when women lack access to skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetric care. The condition is largely treatable […]

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Preventing Cervical Cancer in Haiti: Local Providers Trained to Screen

Haitian providers receiving their certificates.

More than 600 women received screening for cervical cancer during a week-long training delegation held earlier this month at St. Luc’s Manitane clinic, an affiliate of St. Damien’s Hospital and long-time partner of Direct Relief in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Cervical cancer claims the lives of 270,000 women annually and 85 percent of these deaths occur in low-resource settings, says the World […]

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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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