Fistula Foundation Board Chair Bill Mann has been passionate about delivering life-changing care to women suffering from obstetric fistula since his first visit to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in 2011. This January, he had a little time to fill, so he booked a plane ticket to visit Fistula Foundation partners in Malawi, Kenya, Madagascar…
At the tender age of 15, Felana* got pregnant. She suffered a prolonged obstructed labor, and by the time her stillborn baby was delivered, she had developed obstetric fistula.
She is married, but after five years of suffering from the incontinence caused by her fistula, it was her father who decided to take her from their home to SALFA’s hospital in Morondava to get treatment. Her fistula was very complex, but doctors were able to successfully treat her fistula.
Today, Felana is healed. Our partners at SALFA shared that when she departed the hospital dry, she was optimistic and full of hope for her new future that lies ahead.
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- Average Births per Woman: 4.12
- Female Literacy: 62.6%
- Population Living in Poverty: 75.3% (less than $1.25/day)