Dignity of our Elders: A Happier Ending in Malawi

This post was written by Quinn Jenkins, who is an intern with the Freedom from Fistula Foundation Fistula Care Center in Lilongwe, Malawi. The care center is headed by Jeff Wilkinson, associate professor of OB-GYN at UNC and a member of our global women's health team.

Dignity of our Elders: A Happier Ending in Malawi
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Staff and volunteers from the Freedom from Fistula Care Center (including UNC OB-GYN, Jeff Wilkinson, far right) and the construction team with Mr. Phiri and Ms. January near the couple’s new house.

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Magalena January in the doorway of the damaged hut she used to share with her husband.
This past month, 85 year-old Magalena January received treatment at the Freedom from Fistula Foundation Fistula Care Center in Lilongwe, Malawi. Unfortunately, she has advanced cervical cancer and cannot be cured. We worked with our palliative care colleagues and arranged for her to go home for end-of-life care. Before she was discharged, we had the good fortune to sit down with her and her husband, Sandram Phiri, and listen to them share their life histories.

Read her story here...

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