16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Elation in Hospital

This is Sarah, who spent years suffering from an uncorrected obstetric fistula, a debilitating injury to the birth canal caused by prolonged child labor in most cases. Women with a fistula often suffer incontinence. And in rural Uganda, this can result in social isolation, abandonment by the woman’s family, and subsequent poverty with no way for her to support herself. But, after receiving a free medical procedure sponsored by the NGO, the Uganda Village Project, this woman is overwhelmed with joy at the prospect of resuming a normal life after years of struggle. Taken in Jinja Hospital, Jinja District, Uganda.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 08.2018
Photo Location: Jinja, Uganda
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Ben Blankenship