Posts Tagged Fistula

Essential Fistula Surgery Equipment Arrives in Malawi

Direct Relief recently delivered a second shipment of medical supplies to the Bwaila Fistula Center in Lilongwe, Malawi, a facility committed to treating women with obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal that is caused by prolonged and obstructed labor. If untreated, a woman with obstetric fistula will experience constant and uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or […]

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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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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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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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