“I would like to advise mums with fistula not to lose hope even though it is a huge problem. Do not lose hope.” Christina
“I would like to advise mums with fistula not to lose hope even though it is a huge problem. Do not lose hope.”
In Mwanza, Tanzania, Christina knows all too well how women can suffer without adequate health care. After prolonged, obstructed labor, Christina gave birth to a stillborn baby and suffered an injury that caused a fistula, an abnormal opening between a woman’s genital tract and her urinary tract or rectum, causing continuous leakage of urine, stool or both. Christina’s fistula caused ongoing health problems, but she had support – from her family and, in partnership with Bugando Medical Center, Americares.
Americares partnership with BMC ensures Christina and other fistula patients receive repair surgery, counseling, and pre- and post-operative care at no cost. Christina is one of more than 160 women each year who receive life-changing surgery from this partnership. The partners are now working to expand mental health and psychosocial support to fistula clients.
May 23 is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, and Americares, in collaboration with BMC and other partners, are in rural communities in Tanzania’s Kigoma region, raising awareness of fistula, providing surgical services and referring women for higher services at BMC if needed. “We’re proud to partner with Bugando Medical Center to provide surgeries at no cost to women in need. This is life-changing.” says Dr. Nguke Mwakatundu, Americares country director in Tanzania. “The progress to end obstetric fistula is not enough. We should increase efforts and act now to end obstetric fistula in Tanzania by 2030.”
According to the United Nations, 2 million women in low-resource settings have an obstetric fistula, 100,000 more develop one every year and only 1 in 50 ever receives treatment. Access to quality reproductive health care and skilled birth attendants can prevent this devastating injury.
February 05, 2024
For Ehsan* and his family in Aleppo, Syria, the powerful earthquake that struck Türkiye and northern Syria in February 2023 felt like “judgement day.” At first, they thought the jolting was yet another airstrike in Syria’s ongoing civil war but ran from the house when they realized it was a quake.
The Hawaii wildfires, the deadliest in the U.S. in more than a century, killed at least 97 people, displaced thousands and caused an estimated $5.6 billion in damage. The disaster hit especially hard for people experiencing homelessness in Maui, compounding the difficulties they already faced to survive.
January 30, 2024
Stamford, Conn. – Jan. 30, 2024 – Americares has joined CMA CGM Foundation’s Containers of Hope program, which will transport humanitarian aid for the health-focused relief and development organization for one year.
January 18, 2024
Stamford, Conn. –Jan. 18, 2024 – Americares, the health-focused relief and development organization, is pleased to announce the election of Jean-Marc Laouchez to its Board of Directors. His three-year term began Jan. 1.