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Major Milestone Reached in Global Maternal Health
Date:3/26/2009

ity and death by at least 20 percent. Complementing that with skilled attendance at all births and improving access to emergency obstetric care and caesarian section could make fistula as rare as it is in the industrialized world. USAID and its partners include strong prevention efforts in their programs, engaging all levels of society -- raising awareness of fistula and its underlying causes that include early pregnancy, poverty, and a lack of girls' education and women's empowerment.

USAID's Fistula care project is managed by EngenderHealth and its partners IntraHealth, CARE, Meridian Group International, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA). In addition to increasing the number of trained surgeons and leading prevention efforts, Fistula Care project sites offer counseling and support to help women reintegrate into communities that may have shunned them.

Visit www.fistulacare.org for more information or contact fistulacare@engenderhealth.org

For more information about USAID and its programs, please visit: www.usaid.gov.

The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years.

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