Students in Issues in Global Development taught by Tim Davis recently raised nearly $1,000 for the Fistula Foundation.
The students decided to support the organization after reading the book "Half the Sky" by Nicholas Kristof, Davis said. The book is largely about improving women's rights in the developing world.
After reading the book the students chose to raise money for the Fistula Foundation, which is mentioned in the book. They sold flowers leading up to Mother's Day. They also created a website for people to get more information.
Fistula is a permanent abnormal passageway between two organs in the body or between an organ and the exterior of the body. The most common type of fistula involving these systems is a vesicovaginal fistula, in which the woman's vagina is connected to the urinary bladder. This causes leakage of urine from the vagina and results in frequent vaginal and bladder infections.
The World Health Organization estimates there may be as many as 50,000 to 100,000 new cases of fistula each year. Fistula is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.