Leading Experts Discuss Fistula, Safe Surgery and the Way Forward

By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Original post can be found on MHTF Blog.  While safe surgical practices can improve maternal health outcomes, surgery can pose its own risks and complications. The Maternal Health Task Force’s Kayla McGowan (KM) had the pleasure of interviewing two leading experts in […]

WHO Releases new Guidelines on Short-Duration Catheterization Following Simple Fistula Surgery

New WHO Guidelines on Short-duration Catheterization Following Simple Obstetric Fistula Surgery In April of 2015, WHO and the USAID-funded Fistula Care Plus project at EngenderHealth published results in The Lancet from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) on short-duration catheterization following fistula repair. The large-scale study demonstrated that short-duration bladder catheterization of 7 days post-repair was both […]

Remembering a life of service: Sister Maura Lynch, MMM

Authored by Elly Arnoff, FC+ Program Associate for Evaluation and Research. In honor of Dr. Maura Lynch, September 10, 1938 – December 9, 2017.  On December 9 2017, the world lost one of its’ most passionate leaders and dedicated advocates to end obstetric fistula – Sister Dr. Maura Lynch. Dr. Maura will be remembered across the […]

Surgery: A Cure for Fistula, But Also a Cause

Four maternal health experts come together to examine how fistula, while known to be treatable by surgery, is also caused by unsafe surgical techniques, and what the global health community can do about it. Originally published on Dec 27, 2017 on News Deeply.  GIVING BIRTH IN low-resource settings comes with substantial risks to mothers and newborns. Women who […]

Upcoming FCoP Webinar on Cesarean Section Safety and Quality in Low-Resource Settings

Please join the Fistula Community of Practice (FCoP) on November 9, 2017 at 9:30 am Eastern Daylight Time for a webinar sharing highlights from a recent technical consultation on cesarean section safety and quality in low-resource settings. Cesarean section provision has expanded rapidly in low/middle-income countries (LMIC). While this includes needed growth in emergency obstetric […]