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Obstetric Fistula
Home > Reproductive Health > Pregnancy and Birth > Complications > Obstetric Fistula
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.
http://www.governessfilms.com/fistula/

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)
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/16/opinion/16KRIS.html

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. [Requires free nytimes.com registration to view.] (October 28, 2003)
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/28/science/28SIMS.html

Rectovaginal Fistula Information
Basic information about a rare but serious complication of child birth. Includes description, cause, symptoms, repair options, advice, research links and support.
http://www.geocities.com/dinimerz/rectovaginal_fistula.htm

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.
http://www.fistulafoundation.org/

The Trauma of Childbirth
Website to accompany a radio story (available in Realaudio format) by Radio Netherlands about obstetric fistulas and their treatment in Nigeria. Includes details about the history of this complication and the money and resources needed to adequately treat it across Africa. (March, 2002)
http://www.rnw.nl/society/html/trauma020306.html

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.
http://www.wfmic.org/

UNFPA.org - Campaign to End Fistula
UN agency defines the problem and how it intends to address it.
http://www.endfistula.org/

 
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