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A new, bright future: Fozia's story

Advanced Stage Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is one of the most common gynecological issues in Ethiopia.

Like obstetric fistula, it has devastating physical and psychological impacts on women.

“I was living with prolapse for around eight years. I can’t do my daily work and can’t walk and stand for long periods of time. Because of that I isolate myself from different social activities.” – Fozia

Fozia suffered with a prolapse injury for eight years. Left untreated, her initial injury worsened resulting in Advanced Stage POP. Like many women living in remote areas, she had little access to medical care.

Fozia POP | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation | Together we can eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

“I didn’t tell anyone because I thought it was only me who is suffering from this problem. Even if I want to go to a clinic, I don’t have money. So I kept quiet and suffered alone until the health extension worker come to my house and tell me about you [Project Zero team].”

Fozia was referred to Hamlin’s Metu Fistula Hospital where a specialist surgeon with urogynecology skills performed surgery to repair her Advanced Stage POP.

“When I arrived, I knew it was not only me who is suffering. I want to thank all of you so much. You brightened our lives.” – Fozia


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Photography credits to Cameron Bloom, Nigel Brennan, Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Johannes Remling and Martha Tadesse.

Patient names have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.