Ive just been to the Fistula Hospital here in Addis Ababa to do a recce for a BBC story Im doing later in the week. It is an inspirational place.
Sister Ruth Kennedy, a Baptist missionary from America whos been here for 12 years and at the hospital for six, showed me round.
The hospital takes women who have had obstructive labours - many of them end up with holes in their bladders or rectums. As a result they smell and are often ostracised by their husbands, families and friends. Some travel for days to get to the hospital for treatment.
Fistula is a big problem in developing countries - each year 100,000 women are affected by obstetric fistula. Its something the developing world put an end to with caesareans.
The Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia is one of its kind. And they are opening new centres in Mekele, Metu in the Gambela Region and I think down south somewhere. At the moment, theres one in Bahar Dar as well as in Addis.
It was the atmosphere that particularly struck me. Everyone (mostly women) was so friendly. The staff seemed to genuinely care about the patients and know them well.
Anyone interested in finding out more .www.fistulafoundation.org