I watched one health worker carefully chase mosquitoes from underneath the bed nets, so the women using them could rest.
These 10 stories highlight some of today's most critical global health trends—and how they affect the most vulnerable among us.
"Before it can be a battle for all,” says the First Lady of Mali, “fistula must be a battle for women.”
For many women with obstetric fistula, marital and social status—and quality of life—hang on the fate of an operation.
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.
The chair of IntraHealth's board shares her plans for Mali’s fistula survivors—including greater health, dignity, and prosperity.
For almost a decade, I have been enamored of the advanced fistula care being delivered in Ethiopia. My interest in fistula care first arose after I read a 2003 article in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof regarding the famed Hamlin hospitals.
The first time I met them, they seemed like any other group of health workers—pleasant faces looking up to greet me even though I had interrupted their meeting.
Transitioning “fistula work” is not easy. Treating obstetric fistula is a service by grace alone, especially if you’re a government worker.