Investing in local expertise has far-reaching impacts on health. Here’s a powerful example.
Data from a pilot study in Mali are helping the country provide more holistic fistula care to women and girls.
They spent most of their lives with the condition, but now two septuagenarians in Mali are healed—and they’re on a mission.
An assessment of health facilities found entire wards devoid of equipment and supplies. We can do better.
"Before it can be a battle for all,” says the First Lady of Mali, “fistula must be a battle for women.”
We don’t hear much about fistula here in North Carolina. But many women across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia know it all too well.
Each year, 2,000 Malian women are at risk of developing obstetric fistulas. Stronger health systems and holistic care can change this.