In 2010, a then 12-year-old grade school student in Brookline, MA named Sarah Gladstone was inspired when she read the book Half the Sky: Turning Opppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. She decided to act in support of women and girls suffering from the childbirth injury of obstetric fistula by creating The Starfish Project, through…
Fortunately, Goni’s mother took her to receive treatment at the Teaching Hospital in Gondar on the first day it was open. This treatment center was funded by Fistula Foundation and WAHA to help women like Goni. Its medical director, Dr. Mulu Muleta, is one of the most accomplished fistula surgeons in the world. Today, Goni is dry and is back in her home town in the mountainous Tigray region of Ethiopia.
- Population: 102,374,044
- Average Births per Woman: 5.07
- Female Literacy: 41.1%
- Population Living in Poverty: 29.6% (less than $1.25/day)