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A network of Canadian NGOs, academic institutions and health professional associations working together to improve the lives of women and children in the world's poorest countries.
Around the Globe:
125
countries
improve
maternal survival
43%
newborn
deaths
prevented
600,000+
more
children
survived
Canada's contribution:
82
canadian
partners
 
1,000+
active
regions
 
10,000+
health
workers
 

News and Events

Welcome to New CAN-MNCH Team Members

CAN-MNCH is thrilled to welcome Wendy Therrien as the Director of External Relations, and Ginette Gautreau as Program Officer. The addition of these... More >

Canadians Join Greentree Leaders’ Retreat to Ensure Women and Children are at the Heart of SDGs

Canadians joined the Greentree Leaders’ Retreat in New York today, which was hosted by Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations.... More >

Obstetric fistulas are one of the most serious consequences of obstructed labor; it occurs when the soft tissue in the pelvis is compressed by the baby’s head. The lack of blood flow causes the tissue to die, creating a hole between the vagina and bladder, the vagina and rectum, or both. The result is urinary and/or fecal incontinence. Women with fistulas live in shame and are often rejected by their own families and communities.

Since  July 2010, MSF is treating fistulas in the Urumuri center, in Gitega, in the heart of Burundi  and became the first and only center in Burundi to specialize in treating fistulas. Since the opening of the project more than 1000 fistulas surgeries have been performed enabling women to return to normal life and emerge from exclusion. 

Women can receive treatment seven days a week, and MSF has built four houses to accommodate patients before surgery and afterwards, during rehabilitation. At MSF's permanent treatment centers, women receive six months of outpatient follow-up care to ensure the fistula has healed and that continence is maintained.

A Shameful Condition: Obstetric Fistulas

Dhaayo and Haldhaa*, both 17, were admitted to the first fistula camp MSF organized, in Galkayo South, Somalia, in November 2007. They had... More >

Bringing Success Home to Canadians

Last year, in the weeks leading up to the Every Woman and Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach Summit, Canadians across the country showed an... More >