Posts Tagged Global Fistula Map

Updated Global Fistula Map, Expanded Efforts to Overcome Barriers to Care

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On May 23, 2014, the second annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Direct Relief released the annual update of the Global Fistula Map (more below) – a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Fistula Foundation to consolidate global data on treatment access for fistula – and is expanding efforts to prevent obstetric fistula and increase life-restoring […]

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Intern Spotlight: The Women’s Health Advocate

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Alena Nelson is a senior majoring in sociology and global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined Direct Relief at the start of this year as a Research and Analysis intern through the Sarah Miller McCune Endowed Public Service and Internship Program, a year-long project which pairs students with local nonprofits. Below she reflects on her experience so far: I […]

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Why GIS Mapping Technology is a Powerful Tool for Humanitarian Aid

Esri President, Jack Dangermond, presents the President's award to Direct Relief board member, Dorothy Largay, and me.

Direct Relief was honored with the 2013 President’s Award from technology company Esri for outstanding use of mapping software known as geographic information systems (GIS) last Monday at the Esri International User Conference. Throughout the rest of the conference, while listening to terrific workshops and paper presentations on topics from cartographic design to the exploration of Mars, I had a […]

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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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The Inconvenient Truth Facing Millions Who Suffer From Obstetric Fistula

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More Care Reported Worldwide for Women Suffering with “The Backyard Disease,” but Problem Outpaces Efforts to Address Santa Barbara, Calif. (April, 15, 2013)— Global data from 42 countries released this week on the Global Fistula Map reflects a grim future for most of the estimated two million women living with obstetric fistula worldwide and the estimated 50,000 to 100,000 who […]

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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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