great news for the Drawing out OF project!

The Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula Project is set to continue in a big way thanks to much appreciated support from Johnson and Johnson and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Johnson and Johnson, who sponsored the exhibition last month at the RCOG in London are now supporting me to return to Tanzania in September. I will be working there with the women who are recovering from fistula surgery and are staying at the Mabinti Centre in Dar Es Salaam where they are being supported physically and psychologically while learning creative and business skills in order to resume a normal life. I visited Mabinti on my first visit to Dar (see previous post) and this time, along with making sketches and notes to produce a further body of work for the project, I will be running drawing and lino-cut printing workshops with the women there.

At the Mabinti Centre , Dar Es Salaam

At the Mabinti Centre , Dar Es Salaam

Johnson & Johnson, a long standing supporter of fistula programmes, makes great efforts to reduce fistula and maternal mortality by ‘scaling-up’ access to maternal health services and skilled birth attendants.The infographic below was produced for the Campaign to End Fistula in partnership with Johnson and Johnson.

Fistula Infographic - JNJ UNFPA - 500K

Fistula Infographic – JNJ UNFPA – 500K

I am looking forward very much to the trip, and to making new work towards a major exhibition at  the Johnson and Johnson Headquarters in New Brunswick NJ next year, before touring around public venues throughout the USA!

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