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Millogo’s Story

Millogo Clarisse

After a series of tragedies, Millogo’s fortunes finally changed with a radio broadcast.

The 25-year-old grew up 200 miles outside Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. The West African country has the seventh highest birth rate in the world and is one of the poorest countries on Earth. Most Burkinabe are poor farmers and live on less than $1.25 a day.

Millogo was working as a farmer with her husband in the Ivory Coast when he died three months before she was expected to give birth to their first child.

Tragedy was to strike again. Millogo endured 3 days of prolonged, obstructed labor and lost her baby. She soon discovered she had developed an obstetric fistula, which some Burkinabe believe to be a curse for disrespectful behavior, not a medical condition. Millogo was told by doctors that she could be operated on in Abidjan and was transferred there, but found she couldn’t afford the surgery’s cost. Millogo’s grief at the loss of her husband and child as well as her horror at the injury making her leak urine constantly pushed her into a deep depression.

Her parents took her in and one day while listening to the radio, Millogo heard about a nonprofit offering free care to women with fistula. She received life-changing surgery and was taught how to make soap to support herself.

I am thankful to (Worldwide Fistula Fund’s supporters) who made (it) possible (for me to) live normally again.


Millogo was among the first women to receive life-changing surgery and vocational skills training through our local partners in Burkina Faso! WFF launched its services in the West African country in November of 2017.

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