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HDI and Niger start community-based program to prevent maternal deaths and obstetric fistula
HDI News – October 2, 2007: Is $1.38 too much to spend, to save the lives of women and protect girls as young as 13 from the indignities, suffering, and permanently guaranteed poverty that obstetric fistula ensures? HDI and Niger are starting a community-based program this year to rapidly prevent maternal deaths and new cases of obstetric fistula. This pilot program aims to protect all of the girls and women who are 12-49 years of age, more than 22% of the 89,500 population, from death and from the permanently worsened poverty, and permanent indignity that comes from obstetric fistula in survivors of obstructed childbirth. Nigeria proposes obstetric fistula prevention to the World Bank In late November 2006, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health sent a proposal for piloting obstetric fistula prevention to the World Bank, UNFPA, WHO, several bilateral development assistance agencies in search of funding.

Obstetric fistula surgery in Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Article in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association about MSF (Physicians Without Borders) and fistula surgery in Congo by C. Reimers. Tidsskr Nor Legeforen Nr. 19 2006. 126 2554-6. (in Norwegian)

Nigeria Proposes Obstetric Fistula Prevention to the World Bank
In late November 2006, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health sent a proposal for piloting obstetric fistula prevention to the World Bank, UNFPA, WHO, several bilateral development assistance agencies in search of funding.

HDI’s Founder presents at Global Health Council Conference
HDI’s founder was invited to make a presentation at the Global Health Council conference in Washington DC, June 2nd, 2006: An additional paradigm: The Community-Based Catalyst Approach to Public Health, and Obstetric Fistula as a Catalyst for Improving Maternal Health. The PowerPoint slides and manuscript are available for those who may be interested.

Ambassador Barbro Owens-Kirkpatrick and HDI to Niger for fistula
HDI’s Chair, Ambassador Barbro Owens Kirckpatrick with President, H.E. Manadou Tanja. In January 2005, Ambassador Barbro Owens-Kirkpatrick (who has since become Chair of HDI’s board in the US) was accompanied by HDI’s executive director on a trip to stimulate and support obstetric fistula prevention and treatment in Niger. Irene de Watteville, a staunch supporter of HDI in recent years.

Dr. Catherine Hamlin, founder of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital attends HDI and the University of Oslo seminar, October 25, 2005
Ladies who have made the world a better place, Dr. Catherine Hamlin (Ethiopia) (left) and Professor Gerusa Dreyer (Brazil), at the HDI / University of Oslo health policy seminar. Article in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association: Feiring E. Utstøtt fordi de lukter. Tidsskr Nor Lægeforen 2005; 125: 3306 – 7. (in Norwegian)

HDI, UNFPA and CDC organize reproductive health policy conference
In October 2005, HDI co-sponsored, along with the UNFPA and the CDC, a conference atthe Emory University Conference Center in Atlanta with worldwide experts to review the state of obstetric fistula treatment and prevention. Among other things, HDI’s plan to apply lessons learned in Guinea worm eradication toward the prevention of fistula was endorsed. Since that time, HDI has been working with Ministry of Health officials in two countries to develop a program to increase the accessibility of c-section for women who experience obstructed labor.

HDI proposes an additional paradigm for public health in The WHO Bulletin
In its May 2005 issue, The WHO Bulletin presented a new, additional paradigm of public health in an article written by HDI’s executive director: Bulletin of the World Health Organization; May 2005. 83(91) 392-5.