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CARE’s Maternal Health Blog
Posted by: Katherine Porter at 1:45PM EST on September 26, 2011
From my colleague, Tonya Rawe, CARE's Senior Policy Advocate on climate change and the linkage between food security and climate change.
Posted by: Katherine Porter at 2:20PM EST on September 1, 2011
Ellen Carmichael is traveling on a CARE Learning Tour, a comprehensive, multi-day tour for policymakers and those who can influence policy to gain firsthand knowledge of the core issues poor communities' face. She is a field coordinator with CARE USA’s Policy and Advocacy Unit. To learn more about the Learning Tours Program, please visit: www.care.org/learningtour
Juliana Kabanya gave birth to her first child 52 years ago. She has lived with obstetric fistula ever since. Obstetric fistula is a severe medical condition in which a hole develops between either the rectum or bladder and vagina due to complications during childbirth. A woman living with fistula is often ostracized from her community and abandoned by her husband. Juliana’s fistula was caused by complications during the delivery of her first child. Shortly after giving birth Juliana sought treatment for her condition, but she could not find a doctor who could repair her condition. She gave up hope, thinking that it a cure was impossible. She tried to live a normal life and gave birth to seven more children.