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“I Am Not Dead, But I Am Not Living:” Obstetric Fistula in Kenya

The Kenyan state denies fistula sufferers their rights to the highest attainable standard of health and to a remedy for the injustices and denial of service that they face.

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Back to Life: My Journey from Suffering

My name is Sarah Omega and I am a fistula survivor from Kenya. After my parents died, I was raped by a religious leader and became pregnant at age 19. A wrenching labor left me with fistula.

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Surviving Obstetric Fistula: Awatif Altayib’s Story

Awatif is from Darfur, Sudan and is a survivor of fistula who turned her own suffering and ultimate good fortune into a quest to help other women.

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Eliminating Obstetric Fistula: A Comprehensive Approach to a Long-Ignored Problem

Obstetric fistula is a source of shame, stigma, and despair for millions of women. But US politics will inevitably play a role in whether it can be effectively addressed.

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Addressing Obstetric Fistula: Towards a Just and Healthy Life for All

It’s been said that in an unequal world, women are the most unequal among equals.  Obstetric fistula is a living example of this statement.

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Afternoon Roundup: Republicans Say Abortion More Important Than Economy, Birthornot.com Couple “Rejects” Abortion

Newly elected Republicans around the country are hard at work dealing with the troubles afflicting our nation…access to abortion for women; The “Birthornot.com” couple makes a shocking decision; and surgeons gather from around the globe to address an entirely preventable and treatable childbirth-caused condition called obstetric fistula.

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And She Lost Her Dignity…

Nigeria has the highest obstetric fistula prevalence rates in Africa and an estimated 400, 000 to 800, 000 women suffer from fistula in Nigeria. It is common in countries with high maternal mortality rate like Nigeria; where lifetime risk of a woman dying during childbirth is 1 in 18.

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Stemming Fistula: Social Contraception In Pakistan

Pakistani specialists say fistula can be prevented by stopping early marriages, delaying the age of first pregnancy and by timely access to good emergency obstetric care — but education is also key.

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The Fate of Our Mothers: A Maternal Health Crisis

We all arrive through pregnancy. You’d think with this kind of reputation, prioritizing maternal health might be a no-brainer for governments. What about the United States? Will our presidential candidates address the plight of mothers worldwide in the first debate?

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Denied! Witholding of UNFPA Funds Matters

At the dawn of a new year, women around the world still rely on crucial funds from UNFPA for health care and family planning. But our current administration continues to withhold the money.

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