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My self-esteem is improved

Stella Nyambura is a 37-year-old mother of three from Baringo. She travelled 222km, all the way to Tharaka Nithi hoping to get a solution to her problem. When I speak to her the joy and elation is clear in her voice. Having successfully delivered two children, Stella did not anticipate developing any complications. Like any …Read More

I travelled five-and-a-half-hour-long journey to receive free fistula treatment

Francisca Chepng’eno is a 39-year-old mother of two living in Bomet. She has a heavy accent that slightly strains our communication, but we push through. Francisca sounds a bit tired; she is still recovery from her surgery. Francisca first suffered fistula in 2002 during the delivery of her second child. She suffered prolonged labour and …Read More

I lived with fistula for 17 years

Taabu Kaingu is a 52-year-old mother of six living in Tezo, Kilifi County. She’s in high spirits but not too chatty while we conduct the interview. She successfully received corrective surgery on 28th March 2022 and is satisfied with the results so far. When a baby comes into the world, it is a joyous occasion. …Read More

I was told I was cursed and needed spiritual intervention

Jasmila Celina Kalama Charo is a 35-year-old lady residing in Malindi. Before speaking to her, I spoke to her caregiver who was very warm. When Jasmila comes to the phone, she sounds frail and tired but agrees to proceed with the interview. Hers is a special story. Jasmila lived a normal, fulfilling life until 2017 …Read More

I am excited to resume my social activities in the community

Elina Shida Sultan is a 43-year-old mother of eight living in Kasangu, Kilifi County. She is very calm and composed during the interview. She successfully received corrective surgery on 28th March 2022 and is satisfied with the results so far. In October 2020 Elina underwent a myomectomy. This is a surgical procedure to remove fibroids …Read More

My husband kept telling me I am dirty during sexual intercourse

Joan Ndungu is a 46-year-old mother of six. She sounds very happy and energetic during the interview. She successfully received corrective surgery on 25th November and is happy with the results so far. In December 2015 Joan delivered her last child. It was a hospital delivery. She had been in labour for three days. During …Read More

I Was Too Embarrassed To Share My Condition With Anyone

Mary Nyawira is a 65-year-old mother of three. She developed fistula in 2001 while delivering her first child. During her delivery, the attending doctors had to cut her to allow for an easier delivery. She suspects that at the time of suturing her, the doctor may have not completed the job. She, however, is not …Read More

I Was Frustrated. What Had My Life Become?

Immaculate Wambura is a 48-year-old mother of four. Her eldest child is 21 years old while her youngest is 10 years old. She sounds very lively and full of life over the phone. On 13th October 2021, Immaculate’s life changed. She discovered was passing urine through both her rectum and her urethra. She felt like …Read More

I Look Forward To Resuming Church Activities

Wanjiru Mwangi is a 65-year-old mother of seven. Of the seven only five are living. To speak to her, we had to use a translator because she only speaks her vernacular language, Kikuyu. She sounds a bit frail but gives us her consent to proceed with the interview. In 2018, Wanjiru’s life changed. She realized …Read More

My Children Abandoned Me

Celina Nekesa sounds tired, frail even. It could be from anxiety. She is just about to be wheeled into the theatre for her corrective surgery. Celina is a 63 -year old single mother of nine living in Kituni village in Bungoma County. She has sadly lost seven of her children and does not have a …Read More