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BROKEN VESSEL By Lesley Chepng’etich Kipyiegon   A friend will ask, how are you? Often we reply, am OK. But inside we’re not fine at all. We are all created as beautiful vessels. But sometimes the vessels break. We break, emotional, spiritually or physically. Others can be mended, others take long and others suffer silently …Read More

I Gave Birth in the Dark Forest and Developed a Fistula in the Process

43 year-old Juliet Muthoni is a vegetable vendor in her hometown in Nyeri County. She is a mother of three children aged between 5 years and 15 years. Her dream to bring to life her fourth child in April 2015 is however a painful memory etched deep in her heart. It all began on the …Read More

Rotary Club of Essendon Visit – September 2013

On the 19th of September 2013, visiting members of the Rotary Club of Essendon, Australia toured the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), where the Flying Doctors Society of Africa (FDSA) had a team of doctors carrying out Fistula repairs on women from across the country. The team presented a cheque of KShs. 11 million to the …Read More


Obstetric fistula is a severe medical condition which is brought about by a hole developing in the birth canal. It is a very serious problem that women face, especially those living in poor and disadvantaged countries, where a good number of these women give birth without any medical help administered to them. Usually, the mother …Read More

The Man Behind the Outreach Programme – Dr. Johnson Musomi

What work have you done for AMREF’s Outreach Programme? I joined AMREF as the Outreach Manager for the Programme in November 2003. During my tenure, I have overseen the expansion of outreach in terms of number of hospitals and number of patients benefiting. Due to funding from FDSA, outreach has tripled in their projects (FDSA …Read More

Obstetric fistula tormenting pregnant women in Kenya

Kenyatta National Hospital, East Africa’s largest referral hospital alone receives 400 cases annually of Obstetric fistula, which is known to be the most devastating of all pregnancy related injuries. Here we met, 32 year old Purity Kageni, one of the thousands who suffered for eleven years from Obstetric fistula. Prolonged labor is one of the …Read More

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) VVF Camp held in June 2011

For six years running, AMREF in partnership with KNH have been conducting National-wide VVF camps lasting two weeks.  This year’s camp was held on 10th to 26th June 2011 following media sensitization campaigns in the month preceding the camp and a VVF walk held on 10th June 2011. As is the case in the previous …Read More