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Hoodo, a light of hope in the fight against the birth fistula

May 23, 2020

It is an ambitious dream for a midwife in an African village to restore the dignity of women after a violent, shameful and lonely fight against the birth fistula. Hoodo Hassan Mohamed, a midwife and trained nurse, has managed to see him many times. Far from blaming luck or chance, this responds to a woman’s efforts to fight for the dignity of life of women who have had a birth fistula.

Hoodo works with the NGO World Vision to support vulnerable women
Somaliland in particular is responsible for prenatal care in the internally displaced people settlement of Ali Hussein in the Burao district. It is known and respected by local women as the heroin that helps restore the dignity of women suffering from a birth fistula.

“In 2018, I came across a World Vision ad for a midwife position. It fits my passion and experience perfectly. I was lucky enough to get the job and reach a lot more women than before when I was self-employed,” she explains. Hoodo.

Hoodo, a light of hope in the fight against the birth fistula
Hoodo, a light of hope in the fight against the birth fistula

Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious consequences of a labor disability and occurs when the baby’s head squeezes the soft tissues, resulting in death or necrosis of these tissues due to a lack of blood supply. This creates a hole between the vagina and ureter, vagina and rectum, or both. It is a major health problem, but it has not only physical effects, but also adverse social, economic and psychological consequences for women and girls.