This week I want to talk about another small charity which is making a tremendous difference. This one concentrates on women's maternity care and the problem of fistula. It is called Freedom From Fistula and you can find out more at www.freedomfromfistula.org.uk.
A fistula is an obstetric injury which happens during labour in childbirth. Often women with no access to maternity care experience an obstructed labour where the baby dies. Without medical care the tissue left degrades and tissue around the birth canal dies leaving the women singly or doubly incontinent. There is a terrible stigma attached to the condition so the women are often abandoned by their communities. Freedom From Fistula not only fund surgical repairs for these women but also provide training and resources so that they can earn a living after their care.
One of the things I really like about the charity is that all your donation money goes directly to help people as the administration costs of the charity are met by the Gloag Foundation. As a Mum with 3 children, who needed some help with every delivery, including 2 Caesarian sections, this is a cause very close to my heart and I would urge you to let people know about it !