News on Obstetric fistula

27 April 2005
NIAMEY, Niger —Improved training for medical workers providing fistula treatment would help end the needless suffering of thousands of African women with obstetric fistula, experts meeting in Niger agreed on Friday.... Read more
25 February 2005
KATSINA, Nigeria—For Dr. Gloria Esegbona, participating in the “Fistula Fortnight” is like coming home. The 30-year-old obstetric gynaecologist was born in Britain to Nigerian parents and is one of four international... Read more
21 February 2005
KANO, Nigeria— Fatima was 14-years-old when she married. Soon after, she fell pregnant. “I was in labour for six days,” said Fatima, who eventually gave birth to a stillborn baby. “For six days I did not pass stool or... Read more
9 September 2005
N’DJAMENA, Chad—Four years ago, Jamia Kalaroun lost her baby. After labouring unsuccessfully at home for more than four days, she gave birth to a stillborn infant and suffered a devastating fistula injury. Her first... Read more
30 May 2005
In January 2004, millions of Americans tuned in to the Oprah Winfrey Show and learned of a little-known childbearing injury called obstetric fistula. One Seattle-based viewer – profoundly moved by the broadcast – felt... Read more
7 March 2005
KANO, Nigeria—Dr. Said Ahmad Mohammad and Dr. Bill Meyer had never set eyes on each other until a little over a week ago. But together, the two surgeons from different sides of the Atlantic are united in their... Read more
24 February 2005
KATSINA, Nigeria—About 30 men, seated on scattered plastic bags and straw mats, gather under the meager shade of a nim tree on the grounds of the Babbar Ruga Fistula Hospital. Despite the heat of the midday Nigerian sun... Read more
26 February 2009
MONROVIA, Liberia – Seventeen survivors of a disabling injury of childbearing are now ready to return to their communities, having undergone successful surgery, followed by counselling and skills training through the... Read more
22 May 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C.—“Living with obstetric fistula is a life full of stigma,” said 32-year-old Sarah Omega of Kenya at a press conference on Capitol Hill this week. She suffered from this debilitating injury of... Read more
4 April 2008
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In mid-March hundreds of Congolese women, men and girls raised banners that read, Together, let us say No to the silence, for the dignity of the Congolese and Enough sexual... Read more


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