Fistula Foundation’s work in Madagascar wouldn’t be the same without the amazing support of our partner, Icon. Read their Giveback recap blog post below, and the stories of women at SALFA, our partner in Madagascar: How You Changed These Women’s Lives 12/19/17 written by Natalie Pattillo How You Changed These Women’s Lives As a women-led…
Rose lives in Vohitrambo Village, about 15km from the nearest hospital in the small village of Vangaindrano. She developed obstetric fistula at the age of 16, during her first delivery. Like most women in her community, she had given birth at home under the care of a traditional birth attendant. But her labor did not progress as expected and Rose endured painful labor for three days.
Life became very difficult for Rose, in a number of ways. She is not married, and her father is dead. Survival became a challenge.
But one day, Rose learned of free surgery available through Fistula Foundation partner SALFA, through another woman who had suffered from the same condition.
Her surgery was successful, and Rose feels like a new woman. She will be able to earn a living now that she is no longer leaking or smelling, and she is excited about the happy future ahead of her.
- Population: 24,430,325
- Average Births per Woman: 4.12
- Female Literacy: 62.6%
- Population Living in Poverty: 75.3% (less than $1.25/day)