Yeabu Thronka would have continued to live an isolated life in despair had it not been for the work of organizations like Mercy Ships.
The Campaign to End Fistula
The international campaign focuses on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in more than 45 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, with a goal of making obstetric fistula as rare in the developing world as it is in the industrialized world. Their extensive website offers more information about the condition as well as a number of ways to help.
An international reproductive health organization, EngenderHealth works to improve the quality of health care in the world's poorest regions, with particular focus on a mother’s safety, contraceptive education, and enhancing the quality of HIV and AIDS services.
FORWARD Key Issues: Fistula
The Foundation for Women's Health, Research and Development (FORWARD) promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive health of African girls and women. They offer extensive background information about fistula, including approaches toward eliminating it.
Freedom from Fistula Foundation
The UK-based organization helps women by providing free surgeries to repair fistulas as well as free healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth.
Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978.
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