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My husband was very supportive, he stood by me

Jessica Muthee is a 33-year-old mother of two living in Mlolongo. She’s in high spirits while we conduct the interview. She was getting ready to be discharged from hospital and her excitement was obvious. She successfully received corrective surgery on 25th April 2022 and is happy with the results. Jessica first suffered fistula in September …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 Was Convinced I Was Not Eating Well

Marie is a very strong and outspoken 34-year-old mother of two. When we approach her for the interview, we find her talking to younger mothers in the ward. She is a staunch Christian and attributes her strength to persevere through fistula and receiving free treatment to God. Marie has been suffering from fistula since June …Read More

I Feared Getting Pregnant Again Because of My Traumatic Birth Experience

Adelaide Khabere Ganira is a 46-year-old mother of two daughters, aged 26 years and 24 years. Originally from Kaimosi in Western Kenya, Adelaide is a businesswoman who operates in Kiserian, Kajiado County. Adelaide has lived with a fistula for the last two decades. She talks about this journey. “My experience began after I delivered my …Read More

‘It’s good to have control of urine and stool for years of agony’

Tabitha Kyengo Koso, 77 years old farmer from Makueni County narrate the yester years of Kamba Community. ‘Years back women who gave birth to girls were paid for bride price at birth, did you know that?’ she asks. The girl would then stay with her mother until around 5 yrs of age. The future husband …Read More

Faith is all I had; I believed I would get healed one day

Amina Gakii Nyaga is a 34 yrs old lady from Tharaka Nithi County. Amina is a housewife, she has 3 children. After completion of her Form 1 education, she got pregnant and got married at a tender age. Her life over the years was good with the support of her then deceased parent in law. …Read More

‘I was told cold air must have entered my birth canal during childbirth’

Jennifer Chepchirchir aged 26yrs hails from Sihendo Village, Trans Nzoia County. For Jennifer, the idea of being pregnant at the tender age of 17 years was not something that she ever anticipated. Being the First born in her family and from her community getting education as a girl child was a privilege. While still in …Read More

‘I devised a mechanism for coping with my condition’

In the year 2004, Margaret a farmer from Mweiga, Nyeri County had great joy and was excited to bring a life into the world, her first born. She had carried her pregnancy to term, a smooth pregnancy it was, as she recalls. So when she began experiencing labour pains, her husband Simon checked her into …Read More