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Press 1 for Yes, 2 for No: How digital health platforms connect women to maternal health services

Co-authored by Elly Arnoff, FC+ Program Associate for Evaluation and Research and Lauren Bellhouse, consultant and former FC+ Senior Program Associate. What can a mobile phone do to help connect women with fistula treatment services? Fistula Care Plus (FC+) is partnering with Viamo to provide a free phone hotline that screens women for fistula. Using […]

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 […]