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Guest Blog — Improving Childbirth Safety

August 18, 2016

I came across the above quote in an editorial entitled, “Improving Birth Outcomes Key to Improving Global Health”. Of course, these studies are mostly performed in developed nations, focusing on reducing inappropriate C-sections.

Guest Blog — Ending Fistula One Week at a Time

May 22, 2016

WFF reached out to One Week to End Fistula Founder, Olivia Bowen, to learn why she joined the movement to end fistula and why she chose to partner with Worldwide Fistula Fund. Her story is the perfect explanation of why May 23rd, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, is so important.

Guest Blog — My First Trip to Danja

May 5, 2016

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Danja Fistula Center (DFC Niger) as a member of Worldwide Fistula Fund’s Rehabilitation Advisory Council (RAC). This was my first trip to DFC Niger and it was truly an unforgettable experience.

Guest Blog — Sacrifices for Surgery

February 24, 2016

Our excitement was palpable as we arrived in Mekelle this past January. Composed of nurses, surgical technicians, residents, fellows, anesthesiologists, urogynecologists, biomedical engineers, radiologists, hospital management specialists, intensivists and, philanthropists, we were a truly interdisciplinary team.

Interview with Dr. Tracy Spitznagle

January 28, 2016

“Before a fistula, a woman would walk miles every day to collect firewood or bring back water for cooking and cleaning. With fistula, however, many women are isolated or abandoned.”

Interview with a Fistula Advocate

December 30, 2015

Grace is a volunteer through WFF’s partner TERREWODE in Uganda. In this interview, Grace shares her experience helping women with fistula in her community.

Why I Want to be Worldwide Fistula Fund’s New Executive Director

August 31, 2015

I was named the Executive Director in August and I’m grateful for the confidence that the WFF Board has placed in me.

Guest Blog — How a Male Advocate Helps Prevent Fistula in Uganda Through Music

June 15, 2015

WFF sent photographer-videographer Joni Kabana to Uganda to document the work of our partner, TERREWODE. She had the pleasure of meeting some of their dedicated volunteer-advocates who go into villages to increase fistula awareness and provide prevention education. Joni shares the story of a dedicated male advocate she met in Soroti

Guest Blog — My Good Day at Danja Fistula Center

May 19, 2015

Amagadas Habsou is a Touareg woman from Tahoua, around 350 km from Maradi. She got married when she was 17 years old and got pregnant at the same age. After seven days of labor, she delivered a stillbirth at home and suffered her fistula.

Interview with a Fistula Survivor turned Advocate

April 22, 2015

Ever wonder what it’s like going house-to-house in rural villages, searching for women who need fistula treatment? Betty Awici is a volunteer through WFF’s partner TERREWODE. Betty and her fellow volunteers help to identify those affected with fistula, give them access to quality care, and socially reintegrate them into their communities.

Guest Blog – My Personal Experience: Healing Women in Ethiopia

March 31, 2015

One at a time, the women walked into the operating room with their IV bags in their hands. If they were anxious or afraid, their stoic faces did not show it. Faithfully, each woman leaned her head against one of ours as our anesthesiologist placed a spinal anesthesia that would allow her to have her surgery without pain. It is impossible not to appreciate their vulnerability and be humbled by the level of trust that these women placed in our team.

Local Collaboration to Improve Women’s Health

March 15, 2015

WFF works in Soroti, Uganda, to prevent and treat the devastating childbirth injury obstetric fistula. We welcome IWI’s efforts to improve the safety of childbirth which can help prevent injuries like obstetric fistula.

Guest Blog – Overcoming Patient Fear to Improve Fistula Recovery

February 26, 2015

We medical professionals pore over clinical patient data looking for factors correlating to better recovery outcomes. I think we don’t always give enough attention to one factor that we can’t find in the data: helping the patient overcome their own fear during recovery.

Guest Blog - Occupational Therapy and Obstetric Fistula

January 14, 2014

I am Cambey Mikush, a recent graduate from Washington University in St. Louis with a doctorate in Occupational Therapy. I became aware of the devastation that is inflicted on women with obstetric fistula right before starting my graduate program in 2010. The more I learned, the more it became clear to me that women with obstetric fistula were experiencing a sudden and significant change in their ability to participate in their daily activities.

The Passing of Dr. Leonard A. Wall, MD, 92

January 13, 2014

The Worldwide Fistula Fund is sad to note the passing of Dr. Leonard Wall. Dr. Wall was the father of the WFF’s founder Dr. Lewis Wall and WFF’s current treasurer Dr. Terry Wall. In his memory, WFF has established the Dr. Leonard Wall Memorial Fund. Dr. Leonard Wall was a long time advocate for women around the world and a tireless supporter of the Worldwide Fistula Fund.