IntraHealth International has named Ms. Louise Winstanly, as one of five “Women who make it happen for global health.”
The announcement was made in the context of International Women’s Day on March 8, the theme for which was “Make it happen [for women].” IntraHealth International is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) dedicated to improving health care in developing countries through strengthening health workers and the systems that support them.
[Photo: Ms. Louise Winstanly]
Ms. Winstanly is adjunct assistant professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program, member of the Gillings School’s advisory council, and longtime donor and friend to the school.
She works with the Clinton Global Initiative to bring improved fistula care to women in Mali, including mental health and psychosocial assistance, as well as surgical repair.
“The birth of a child should be an extremely joyous, happy occasion,” Ms. Winstanly told Ms. Margarite Nathe, who made IntraHealth’s announcement. “But in cases of fistula, the woman not only has suffered a prolonged, excruciating labor, she most likely also has given birth to a stillborn child. So she’s dealing with both the emotional trauma of losing a child and the physical trauma of the birth. And the lingering health effects are devastating.”
More than two million women worldwide live with the childbirth injury and its life-altering effects because they don’t have access to the care they need, Ms. Nathe wrote.
Ms. Winstanly was selected in distinguished company. Others recognized were: