Fighting obstetric fistula in Madagascar

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula: Leaving no one behind: Let us commit to ending fistula now By Western standards, 2018 has been the year of the woman. Five months in and we have witnessed initiatives of female empowerment that have arguably been unparalleled before this time. Yet, let’s not jump to celebrate such advancements for gender equality so hastily, because even though we are celebrating 100 years of female suffrage here in UK, millions of  women are still excluded from basic human rights. Obstetric fistula is the epitome of gender inequality, and the fact that it still exists gives us Continue reading →

day of the midwife

International Days of the Nurse and Midwife

Leading the way with quality care As we reflect on the theme of this year’s International Day of the Midwife, we look to see how essential the services of midwifery and nursing are in developing regions. Midwives and nurses play such an integral role in preventing morbidities such as obstetric fistula, by providing skilled quality care, identifying when a woman’s labour is prolonged or obstructed and referring her to emergency obstetric care when needed. Yet they also have an essential part to play in changing local attitudes by implementing activities such as: Educating women and their communities about the risks Continue reading →

child brides

The Power of Proximity: Child mothers

  Despite international agreements and national laws, every year, 12 million girls are married before they are 18. As more and more girls are married off in their youth, they are forced into sex and endure horrific childbirths that, because of their undeveloped bodies, frequently result in obstetric fistula. Yet these shocking truths are so distant that we can feel removed from them. As we attend the first day of this year’s Skoll World Forum, we thought it apt to share insight in accordance with their theme: “The Power of Proximity.” Social justice activist Bryan Stevenson has previously said, “You cannot be an Continue reading →