International Day to End Fistula 2016: Three stories from CCBRT

International Day to End Fistula 2016: Three stories from CCBRT

Monday 23rd May is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, and the theme is ‘ending fistula within a generation’. Obstetric fistula, a tear in the birth canal caused by prolonged and obstructed labour, which can result in uncontrolled leaking of urine and/or faeces, is a preventable condition. CCBRT is working throughout Tanzania to raise awareness of the condition and perform life-changing surgeries on women with fistula. Here are the stories of just three of…

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Why do a million women still suffer the treatable condition of fistula?

Why do a million women still suffer the treatable condition of fistula?

On the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, a campaigner argues that better access to surgery in remote areas is essential to end this neglect of women. had never seen so many patients hospitalised in a single room – perhaps 60 beds, each with a woman. They had not been injured in war, they had been left incontinent from childbirth and somehow found their way to Dr Catherine Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital for help….

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Shout Gladi Gladi

Shout Gladi Gladi

Plot Summary Meryl Streep narrates this incredibly moving new documentary that explores the survivors of fistula, a condition which affects mostly young pregnant women in countries with poor health care. In Sierra Leone and Malawi, fistula has destroyed innumerable lives, but now, a dedicated former nurse from Scotland is leading the charge to erect clinics to treat these women and give them the tools to return to their communities as successful entrepreneurs. This is a…

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Obstetric Fistula

Obstetric Fistula

The fourth online training course in the field of maternal and perinatal health by MHTF/OMPHI/GFMER/TGHN An interactive course for health professionals About the development of this course Hover your cursor over each of the following for further information or click to visit the respective websites: Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) Oxford Maternal & Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI) The Global Health Network (TGHN) Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) Since 2010, OMPHI , MHTF…

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Harmful traditions contribute to traumatic birth injuries in Chad

Harmful traditions contribute to traumatic birth injuries in Chad

By Paul Okolo N’Djamena Chad – Like many child brides, Micheline Yotoudjim suffered terribly after she was married. She was married off at age 14, became pregnant at 16, and then experienced a prolonged, obstructed labour. Her baby was eventually delivered through a Caesarean section, but died four days later. The complications caused Ms. Yotoudjim to develop an obstetric fistula – a hole in the birth canal that causes chronic incontinence. It can also lead to…

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