Pop Star Natalie Imbruglia Working to End Fistula
Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:43:09
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Australian pop star Natalie Imbruglia –known for her hit "Torn"- loves making music and has returned to acting, but that does not get in the way of her philanthropy. The Australian singer is working to help women recover from a fistula, haunting affliction that rarely affects the Western world, yet affects millions across Africa and Asia, according to the AFP.
"I'm very passionate about it," Imbruglia told AFP about her role as spokeswoman for the UN Campaign to End Fistula, a childbearing injury that often results in the loss of the baby and leaves women shunned. "I intend to continue my creative endeavors. I'm songwriting at the moment, in Los Angeles, and working on some other projects," she said. "But most importantly, we're planning a trip to Africa" and possibly India and elsewhere.
Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal which develops during a prolonged and obstructed labor. It results in chronic incontinence, and the foul smell of leaking urine and feces often drives away husbands and shatters women's lives. What a shame. Big ups to Imbruglia for working to educate people about and to help end this epidemic that effects so many other countries. It's not in our faces, so we don't think about it. Luckily, Imbruglia is doing her part to change that!
Seriously, kudos to Imbruglia for her efforts.
What can you do to help women who suffer from fistula? Can you educate? Donate? Something? Anything?