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Love, Labor, Loss - A Documentary Film
- Companion site to a documentary film spotlighting women in Niger, West Africa suffering from obstetric fistula. Copies available for a fee for community based screenings and fundraisers.
One By One
- Organization engaging the public and providing financial support to those who treat and prevent fistula in the developing world.
The Fistula Foundation
- Offering treatment and prevention through support of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, as well as programs across the country. Includes details of the hospital, and information about the fundraising and educational work of the organization.
The Worldwide Fund for Mothers Injured in Childbirth
- Founded out of concern for the many thousands of women in the developing world who suffer from injuries or death related to labor and delivery. Provides or supports education, advocacy, awareness, medical care, and research. Has a number of articles about the problem in pdf format.
UNFPA.org - Campaign to End Fistula
- UN agency defines the problem and how it intends to address it.
WHO - Obstetric fistula: guiding principles for clinical management and programme development
- 81-page document in pdf format.
NYTimes.com - After a Devastating Birth Injury, Hope
- Article discussing fistula-reversal operations in Tanzania paid for by a charitable group, Amref, the African Medical and Research Foundation. (February 23, 2009)
NPR : Hospital Gives Ethiopian Women a Chance at Care
- Complications during delivery are a leading cause of death for women giving birth in developing countries. At Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, some women are getting a chance at treatment. [8:49 streaming audio broadcast] (January 18, 2007)
UN Chronicle - Obstetric Fistula: Life Shattering But Preventable
- Very long essay with many statistics. (January 01, 2005)
NYTimes.com - Scholars Argue Over Legacy of Surgeon Who Was Lionized, Then Vilified
- J. Marion Sims, called by some the "Father of Gynecology" perfected his technique of repairing fistulas on American slave women in the 1840s. This story is about his efforts and how he's viewed by historians. (October 28, 2003)
NYTimes.com - Alone and Ashamed
- Obstetric fistulas are quite common in Africa. Here is a description of the problem, its prevalence, and what some people are doing about it. (May 17, 2003)
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