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Independent Lens | Half the Sky | Treating Fistulas at Edna Adan Hospital | Video Extra | PBS

Duration: 05:54
Program: Independent Lens
Broadcast Date: Jun. 29, 2012

Worldwide, two million women are living with fistulas. Every year there are 100000 new cases. Only 14000 cases are treated annually. In Somaliland women have an estimated 1 in 50 lifetime chance of developing a fistula during childbirth. When funds allow, the Edna Adan Hospital treats fistulas for free and this is the story of Fadumo Ibrahimo Juisaw who has come to this free fistula camp for women. Visiting Head Nurse Jayne Peters and Dr. Edna Adan explain how a fistula occurs and how the repair needs to be made. For Fadumo Ibrahimo Juisaw, she had six normal pregnancies and on the seventh, her urethra was torn resulting in her desperate need for surgery. The doctors and nurses at Edna Adan Hospital work to treat and fix her fistula and the fistulas of the many other women who come through the hospital. About the Series The series follows Kristof, WuDunn, and six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Nicole Kidman as they travel to nine countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. Embedded in the linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which still needlessly claims one woman every 90 seconds — is the single most vital opportunity of our time — and all over the world, women ...

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Post Date: June 29, 2012