Posts Tagged Fistula

Partner Spotlight: Edna Adan University Hospital, Somaliland

Edna Adan (left) meets with patients.

Somaliland is a difficult place to be a woman. Childbirth in particular brings with it serious risks. Lack of access to trained health professionals; low uptake of antenatal care; high rates of malnutrition; and prevalence of female genital cutting all increase the chances that complications may occur. While rates of maternal mortality are still some of the highest in the […]

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Obstetric Fistula: A Devastating But Fixable Womens Health Issue.

Gynocare Patient

Chances are, you haven’t heard of obstetric fistula. That’s because American’s haven’t suffered from fistula since the 19th century, when a fistula hospital stood on the site of today’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. Unfortunately, in developing countries where access to safe childbirth services are limited, an estimated two million women continue to suffer from this devastating condition. Obstetric fistula is primarily caused by prolonged and obstructed labor, when a woman goes for […]

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Launch of First Ever Global Fistula Map

Global Fistula Care Map

Exciting day for us as we launch the 1st-ever collaborative & interactive Global Fistula Map! The largest and most comprehensive map of available services for women living with obstetric fistula was launched today by Direct Relief, the Fistula Foundation, and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. The release of the Global Fistula Map, a major step forward in understanding the […]

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Congratulations Worldwide Fistula Fund!

Worldwide Fistula Fund on opening their new fistula clinic in Danja, Niger

Congratulations to everyone at the Worldwide Fistula Fund on opening the Danja Fistula Center in Niger. Direct Relief worked closely with Danja Fistula Center surgeons and staff to arrange a donation of essential medical and surgical supplies needed to help the hospital to launch their program. Danja Fistula Center plans to provide up to 500 women per year with life-restoring surgery. The Executive Director […]

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Partner Spotlight: Gynocare Fistula Center

Dr. Mabeya (center) in surgery.

Gynocare Fistula Center, a nongovernmental organization in western Kenya, is dedicated to preventing and treating obstetric fistula – a hole in the birth canal that is caused by prolonged and obstructed labor. The center opened as an outpatient clinic in 2009 and expanded its services to provide fistula repair surgery in June 2011, with support from Direct Relief. In just […]

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Restoring Health to Women with Obstetric Fistula

Restoring Health to Women with Obstetric Fistula

Aberdeen Women’s Center, Freetown, April 21  We hope that Act Three never arrives. We work hard in Acts One and Two – training and equipping midwives and improving emergency obstetric care – so that mothers can experience a safe pregnancy and the health of their newborn. But at present time, we cannot draw the curtain after only two acts, and […]

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