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Field Notes – Zambia: A Journey I’ll Never Forget

I can’t believe my three weeks in Zambia have come and gone. I’m writing this post from Chicago, waiting to return to my hometown of Tulsa and replaying everything in my mind. It’s bringing up a cadre of emotions. First, anger. It’s 2018 and this ailment shouldn’t be affecting anyone, let along the numbers it…

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Field Notes – Zambia: When Field Work Goes Awry

Field work can be exhilarating, exhausting and exciting. It can also be fraught with issues. During our recent outing from Nchelenge to Lambwe Chomba for a community gathering, we started off at 7:30 a.m. and planned for it to take four hours of travel time. The first hour I did fine, but by hour two…

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Field Notes: In Zambia, Meeting Some of the Bravest Women I’ve Ever Met

By Kristi Eaton, Fistula Foundation Writer in Residence I’ve long been passionate about covering the issues facing women and girls. As a journalist and communications specialist, I’ve written about menstrual hygiene and child marriage in India, birth registration in Indonesia and women in prison in the U.S. So when the opportunity came up to document…

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Field Notes – I Held Her Hand

By: Katie Weller, Marketing Communications Writer, Fistula Foundation “Sit down, let’s talk to her,” said Joyce, nodding. She gestured to the hospital bed with a smile and a psychologist’s certainty. We were now alone in a hospital room at Jamaa Mission Hospital—one of six facilities in the Action on Fistula program. From my comfortable desk…

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Field Notes: A 10-Hour Bus Ride and a Long Journey to Healing

By Lindsey Pollaczek, Senior Program Director Lupaula Province, Zambia — Amidst the throngs of women and children at Kabole Health Center in northern Zambia, twenty women slowly boarded a dusty green bus with Mansa General Hospital emblazoned in white lettering on the side. As the women took their seats and waited for the bus to…

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Field Notes: On the road in Madagascar

By Bill Mann, Fistula Foundation Board Chair I’m going to introduce you to Vavizely in a second. I warn you, her story is fairly difficult to imagine and a little hard to take. I met Vavizely at Freedom from Fistula’s surgical center in Toamasina, Madagascar. Toamasina is a compact, neat, prosperous coastal town, the commercial…

Group CHV Training Mpika, Zambia

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Field Notes: Getting the word out in Zambia

By Lindsey Pollaczek, Senior Program Director MPIKA, Zambia — Last week we completed the first training for community health volunteers here in Mpika, northern Zambia, our first step toward establishing a nationwide fistula treatment network in the country. Applying lessons learned in running our Action on Fistula program in Kenya for the past three years,…

Outreach in Mumias, Kenya

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Field Notes: A day in Mumias, Kenya

Has someone ever thanked you from the bottom of their heart? By Bill Mann Board Chair, Fistula Foundation   Before I arrived in Mumias, I would have said yes. That time a friend of mine was down on his luck and I helped him out. The time I placed a player with some physical challenges…

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Field Notes: Follow Bill in Africa

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…

Field Notes: Baringo, Kenya with Action on Fistula (October 2015)

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Field Notes: Baringo, Kenya with Action on Fistula (October 2015)

By Fistula Foundation Program Director, Lindsey Pollaczek October 2015, Baringo County, Kenya This month, I accompanied the WADADIA outreach team to very remote community in Baringo County, located in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Baringo is a hot and arid region, the roads rough and dusty. Our journey started before 7am and after traveling for over five…