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20 year old Marie Goreti received a fistula operation in the University Hospital of Kamenge in Bujumbura. She took her baby with her to the hospital. This is her first to survive delivery. During a previous pregnancy she gave birth to a stillborn child and developed a fistula, a hole in the birth canal caused by the prolonged labour. For years she smelled of leaking urine. Left untreated, fistula can lead to chronic medical problems, including ulcers and kidney disease. A simple surgical procedure can normally repair the injury, but the problem in Burundi is that there is no-one trained to perform the operation. Marie's operation was possible thanks to an initiative of Handicap International and Gynecologie Sans Frontieres.