African culture Day Ten: More Women’s Health

Mary Hopper talked to us again, this time looking at the impact of not understanding culture on care…

There has been lots of awareness throughout the course about the impact of culture. Most of the speakers through the last two weeks have mentioned the shocks and surprises of moving between the developed and developing world.

Pregnant patient in theeatre Day Nine: Women’s Health

Birth complications means many women end up with fistulas that leak urine and faeces continuously. Women are socially ostracised.

We watched the story of a lady called Mastula, and her experience of her life being turned upside down by a fistula. Lifetime risk of dying from childbirth and pregnancy. In the west it is 1 in 4300. In Afghanistan, it is 1 in 11.