Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Why This Teen in the US Is Dedicated to Fighting Fistula in Kenya

Fistula is an issue that is not commonly talked about in the United States because women give birth in hospitals where they have access to advanced medical care. For women in developing countries, the nearest hospital may be hours away and they have no means of transportation to get there.

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From Obstetric Fistula Survivor to Empowered Citizen

Family Care International and its partners have helped more than 700 villages in Africa's Sahel region to establish emergency procedures for transporting pregnant women to the nearest health clinic, as well as trained hundreds of frontline health workers to help prevent life-threatening complications like obstetric fistula.

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Reframing the Fistula Narrative: A Call to Action

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the launching of the United Nations Campaign to End Fistula. If you have no idea what fistula is – let alone that there’s a UN-backed effort to quash it – you’re in good company.

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One Billion Rising to End Violence Against Women and Girls

A protest of gender-based violence, as part of a worldwide movement, One Billion Rising. Learn more about how a Seattle organization is working to fight one cause of such violence and how you may join the protest.

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The Role of Culture Change in Making Childbirth Safer

Changing behaviors is not an easy task, and changing cultures is even more difficult and can be very sensitive.

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