Posts Tagged Maternal & Child Health

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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Sierra Leone Midwife Graduates Equipped to Save the Lives of Mothers and Children

Processional of graduates and students entering the ceremony.

Saturday was an exciting day for the midwifery graduates at the School of Midwifery in Makeni, Sierra Leone, and marked an important milestone in the West African nation’s progress toward improving maternal and child health services. The World Needs Midwives I attended the ceremony to present the Direct Relief Midwife Kits to the new graduates. It was a great celebration—and at […]

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Jacinta’s Story: A Life Transformed by Cancer Treatment

Jacinta after one course

Coinciding with World Cancer Day – a day in which advocates around the world pledge to expose myths about cancer – our Corporate Relations Manager, Desiree Lyons, reflects on her experience meeting a cancer patient in Tanzania several years ago. Her story shows that cancer can affect anyone of any age and income level in any country around the world. […]

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Protecting Kids in Surgery in Cambodia

AHC

During the holidays, Direct Relief was able to help get 25,000 pairs of much-needed surgical gloves to Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Cambodia due to a generous donation from Ansell. “Surgical gloves are such an important part of making sure you have a safe and sterile surgery, and Ansell really stepped up to help make sure that happens for […]

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Partnership Launched to Fight Fistula in Pakistan

Fistula Patient and Advocate. Photo courtesy of Koohi Goth Hospital.

As the New Year begins, Direct Relief is excited to announce a new program that aims to significantly increase the availability of obstetric fistula treatment and to improve prevention efforts to reduce the occurrence of this devastating childbirth injury in Pakistan. Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged and obstructed labor without prompt medical intervention. Fistula affects […]

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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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