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Katy Migiro – Guardian – Tuesday, 27 May 2014 (originally published 24 May)
A $2m (£1.2m) donation will help Kenyan surgeons give more than 1,000 women life-transforming surgery to cure incontinence caused by fistula and will train more specialists to perform the operation.
Two million women worldwide live with fistula, a devastating childbirth injury caused by prolonged labour without access to caesarian section. Tissue dies due to pressure from the baby’s head and a hole forms through which urine or faeces leak.
“This is the largest donation ever provided by any organization or individual in the history of fistula,” said Kate Grant, chief executive officer of the Fistula Foundation, the recipient of the $2m grant from Astellas, a Japanese pharmaceutical company. “We’re thrilled with this partnership with Astellas and its potential to be a ‘game changer’ for fistula treatment. We hope to make Kenya, and what we are doing here, a model that we can take to other places” . . .