Posts Tagged Obstetric Fistula

Laxmi’s Story: Overcoming Challenges to Fistula Repair in Nepal

Laxmi after fistula repair. Photo courtesy of International Nepal Fellowship.

Laxmi, an obstetric fistula patient in Nepal received care through a repair camp Direct Relief supported with needed medicines and medical supplies. Shared with her permission, Laxmi’s first-hand account follows below. My name is Laxmi Bhatt. I live with my husband and two sons in Baitadi district, Salina 4 in Nepal. I am 32 years old. I married when I was […]

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1,000 Dignity Kits Readied for Women Awaiting Obstetric Fistula Repair

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One thousand Dignity Kits are ready to send to women around the world suffering from obstetric fistula thanks to the help of about three dozen Direct Relief Women volunteers who packed the kits Friday at Direct Relief headquarters in honor of International Women’s Day – March 8. Volunteer Molly Green came with her daughter and said it was very special […]

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From the Field: Health Facilities in Sierra Leone Work to Restore Services

The pharmacist at Holy Spirit Catholic Hospital in Makeni dispenses medicines donated by Direct Relief.

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Emergency Response Manager, Jenny Hutain, shares her observations from Sierra Leone. Restoring Capacity as Ebola Wanes Today, Andrew (Director of International Programs and Emergency Response) and I […]

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Repairing Fistula, Restoring Lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Members of SOLFA pose with fistula survivors at Hôpital St. Luc. Courtesy photo.

Located in the city of Kisantu on the western side of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Hôpital Général de Référence Saint Luc is Direct Relief’s first obstetric fistula partner in the DRC. A 274-bed referral hospital that serves a catchment area of approximately 150,000 people, Saint Luc received its first shipment of two fistula modules last year. Obstetric […]

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Fistula Repair Camp Helps 100+ Women in Malawi Access Treatment

Photo courtesy of UNFPA Malawi.

With assistance from Direct Relief, 102 women were able to receive life-changing obstetric fistula treatment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, during the Fistula Repair Camp that took place in May, coordinated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-Malawi. Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal that results from prolonged and obstructed labor when women do not […]

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Inspiring Moms of May: Fistula Survivor Embraces Motherhood

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At Direct Relief, May is for moms. Throughout the month, we will regularly honor mothers around the world who inspire us. Today’s story comes from a partner based in western Kenya, Women and Development Against Distress in Africa. Sarah Adhiambo, a 32-year-old mother of two, is an obstetric fistula survivor from western Kenya who is able to embrace the true meaning […]

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