Posts Tagged Obstetric Fistula

From the Field: Fistula Repair Supplies Arrive in Niger

Handover of Supplies to Dr Sanda Ganda

Our Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, is currently traveling throughout Africa, visiting partners in the region. Below she shares an update from Niger:  The first Direct Relief contribution of medicines and surgical supplies for the National Center for Obstetric Fistula Referral (CNRFO) in Niamey, Niger was handed over today in a ceremony I attended called “Together to Fight Obstetric Fistula in […]

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Life After Fistula: A Malawi Survivor’s Story

Eneles with Family

Our Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, is currently traveling throughout Africa, visiting partners in the region. Below she shares the heartfelt story of a fistula survivor she met in Malawi:  Nearly six months ago, Bridget*, 28,  received fistula repair surgery at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi during the UNFPA Malawi outreach fistula repair camp that Direct Relief supported with […]

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Fistula Surgeries Provide Renewed Hope for Women in Malawi

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Our Senior Program Manager, Lindsey Pollaczek, is currently traveling throughout Africa, visiting partners in the region. Below she shares an update from her travels:  Walking into the post-operative ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, in Blantyre, Malawi, the room full of more than 80 women erupt into song, expressing their happiness to be dry and the chance to live free […]

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Young Kenyan Fistula Survivor Returns to School

Phoebe smiles after surviving fistula. Photo by William Vazquez.

As children in the U.S. return to the classrooms this month, a young woman in Kenya is also returning to school, grateful to be able to continue her studies once again after being repaired from a condition many of her peers have likely never heard about. When Phoebe was just 15 years old, she became pregnant and suffered from a […]

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Women With Fistula Feel at Home at Aberdeen Women’s Centre

Photo by William Vazquez.

An estimated 250 women will be able to receive life-changing obstetric fistula repair surgery over the next 12 months at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone – one of Direct Relief’s newest partners – with help from a recent shipment of medicines and supplies. The Aberdeen Women’s Centre (AWC) is the only facility in the country that is […]

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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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