End Fistula Forever: Progress Toward Preventing and Treating Obstetric Fistula
Tuesday, May 24th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
121 Cannon House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington DC
*Breakfast will be served
Representative Carolyn Maloney
Carrie Ngongo, EngenderHealth
Kate Grant, Fistula Foundation
Mary Ellen Stanton, USAID
Janet Walsh, Human Rights Watch
Gillian Slinger, UNFPA
Moderator: Jennifer Redner, International Women’s Health Coalition
Obstetric fistula is both a preventable and treatable childbearing injury, resulting from prolonged, obstructed labor. It leaves women incontinent, ashamed and often isolated from their communities. A debilitating condition that has left—and continues to leave—hundreds of thousands of women suffering in solitude and shame, obstetric fistula is perhaps one of the most telling examples of inequitable access to maternal health care around the world. Partners from the international community, civil society and the US government are working together on a global campaign to prevent and treat fistula with the goal of making the condition as rare in the developing world as it is in the United States. Please join us for a briefing on a strategic and thoughtful approach to addressing this critical reproductive health and human rights issue.