One By One is dedicated to restoring the health and dignity of women with obstetric fistula and to helping create the conditions needed for all women to give birth safely.
We are building a community of concerned people who will work together to put an end to a debilitating childbirth injury that is both preventable and treatable, yet continues to devastate the lives of girls and women around the world.
In partnership with local organizations and facilities, we develop and support community-based outreach efforts, surgical repair services and rehabilitation/training programs that collectively allow women who have suffered with fistula to fully heal and success-fully reintegrate into family and community life.
We work to prevent fistula altogether through measurable interventions that lead to safe childbirth choices for families through education and advocacy, and improving access to basic and emergency obstetric care.
Why do we do this work?
- We believe it is a basic human right for all women to have access to the care needed for safe childbirth.
- We believe that no woman should have to suffer the loss of her baby, the loss of her own life or the scourge of a childbirth injury like fistula.
- We know obstetric fistula is a preventable and treatable birth injury. (The last US fistula hospital closed it’s doors over 120 years ago.)