Archive for the Maternal and Child Health Work Category

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

Somalia, Burao, 2000matka s ditetem

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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Global Fistula Map Cited by U.N. Secretary General

Global Fistula Care Map

In the midst of Hurricane Sandy activity last week, it was nice to see the Global Fistula Map—published by Direct Relief, the Fistula Foundation, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)—cited in the U.N. Secretary-General Report, “Supporting Efforts to End Obstetric Fistula,”  presented by UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, at the United Nations. As the report notes, obstetric fistula […]

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Fistula Repair Surgery Restores Hope for Young Kenyan Woman

Beatrice

Many women with obstetric fistula suffer for years or decades before they are able to access surgical treatment. Fortunately for Beatrice, who was 16 when she developed fistula, it was less than a month before she received treatment at the Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu, Kenya – where Direct Relief has worked since 2009, with the support of The […]

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Strengthening Maternal Health Care in the Horn of Africa

Kenya-dadaab post pic

Many positive changes have been made since last October when Direct Relief  provided a $25,000 grant to Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), an international nonprofit organization committed to improving maternal and neonatal health in disadvantaged communities throughout Africa. This grant was provided to WAHA at the height of the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa to support their work in Dadaab, […]

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