Posts Tagged Obstetric Fistula

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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Dignity Kits Comfort Kenyan Women Awaiting Fistula Repair

A fistula patient in Kenya smiles with a Dignity Kit. Courtesy photo.

Noreen (pictured center), a 27-year-old woman from western Kenya, developed obstetric fistula after giving birth to her second child two years ago. Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged and obstructed labor that, if untreated, leaves women with constant and uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or feces. The condition can often be repaired with surgery. Noreen […]

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Kenyan Fistula Survivor Regains Hope After Suffering 35 Years

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One of Direct Relief’s GSK PULSE volunteers, Jane Lehnhoff,  is based at our partner organization OGRA Foundation in Kisumu, Kenya where she is supporting our work to expand obstetric fistula treatment to women in the region.  Below, she shares an inspiring story of a fistula survivor: Maria* is a 53-year-old woman from the rural area of Kabuoch in western Kenya.  She developed […]

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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

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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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