Tag Archives: One Woman’s Story

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Out of the Margins #3 – Strength in the ashes

Note: this story contains distressing content. Hasana* lost everything when Boko Haram destroyed her village. But she survived—and is making a life for herself amidst the ashes.   The attack was horrific. Boko Haram militants tore through Hasana’s village, killing and raping her family and neighbors. When help arrived, the militants set her village on…

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Mother’s Day Video: Sarah’s Story [3:45]

This Mother’s Day is a special one for Sarah. Sarah Omega, our communications officer in Eldoret, Kenya, is a fistula survivor and maternal health advocate. Raped at the age of 19, she endured a lengthy obstructed labor and gave birth to a stillborn baby boy. She also developed a fistula. Thinking treatment was impossible, she lived…

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Life Changing Surgery for Refugees in Kenya

In this Girls’ Globe piece, Program Director Lindsey Pollaczek shares her experience meeting women suffering from fistula in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. It’s difficult to imagine what it would be like to live in Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp. Located on the northeastern border of Kenya, the camp is home to more…

Fistula Foundation: One Womans Story - Binta

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One Woman’s Story: Binta from Guinea

Binta is 35 years old and from Fidi, a landlocked village in northwestern Guinea. At 14 years old she was forced to marry a much older man, and soon became pregnant. After five days of painful labor, she lost her baby. A few days later, she realized that she was not able to control her…

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Faith’s Story

When Faith developed fistula at age 12, her mother left. But her father stayed. Watch this inspiring story of a father’s love and of a brave young woman whose life was transformed, thanks to free surgery via our Action on Fistula program in Kenya. Action on Fistula is a program led by Fistula Foundation, with…

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Girls’ Globe: A Patient Ambassador

This post originally appeared on Girls’ Globe. For 24 hours, Loy labored in a small hospital in the Iganga District of southeast Uganda. The delivery was so difficult that it ruptured her uterus. Tragically, her baby did not survive. Doctors performed a hysterectomy, but a few days later Loy noticed she was leaking urine. She…

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One Woman’s Story: Loy

Loy is the Fistula Coordinator at Uganda Village Project, one of our partner organizations based in Iganga, Uganda. She is also a fistula survivor. This is her story.

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New Project in Rwanda

In October 2014, our Medical & Programs Director, Dr. Steve Arrowsmith, and Communications Associate, Ashley Burke, traveled to East Africa to represent Fistula Foundation at the 2014 ISOFS conference. While in the region, they also had the opportunity to visit several of our partner sites in Uganda, Kenya & Rwanda. Here is a highlight from…

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Paving the Road to Postpartum Recovery

By Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation Days after delivering a stillborn child, Umuhoza had grown terribly ill, She was running a fever, barely able to walk and incontinent. Her mother grew increasingly concerned and knew she had to get Umuhoza to a hospital, even though it was hours from their rural village in northwest Rwanda….

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Dispatches from the Field

This September, Fistula Foundation Director of Marketing and Development Joop Rubens and Board member Dr. Larry William traveled to Central and East Africa to visit several of our partner sites. They began their journey at one of our longest-term partners, Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, before moving on to Kenya, Burundi…

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Changing Tomorrow for Women with Fistula

Kate Grant, Fistula Foundation CEO 26 September 2014 When I entered the hospital room, the first thing I noticed about Naresia was her smile. It came easily, brightening the whole room with a joy that was palpable; her face unlined, with rounded features, looking more like an older girl than a young woman. Next to…

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Anna’s Friends Blog: “Doing Good: Making Fistula History”

  Anna’s Friends is a mission-driven community of women helping women all over the world. They donate 100% of membership fees to organizations that help women, including Fistula Foundation! This year, in honor of the 2nd annual UN International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, they featured a blog post from the Fistula Foundation on their…

Goni's Story

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One Woman’s Story: Goni from Ethiopia

Goni lives in Ethiopia. Married at a young age, she became pregnant soon after. Her labor became obstructed and she lost the baby. The obstructed labor resulted in a fistula that left her incontinent; her husband left her soon after. At the age of 15 she underwent a successful fistula repair surgery at Gondar University…