Orchid by Mũmbi Kaigwa

Original Work

Orchid had its premiere at the Birth Festival in Manchester, UK on Thursday, 20 October, 2016, with a repeat on Saturday, 22 October.

Watch an excerpt of the final play here…

Get in touch if you would like to use the play “Orchid” to teach/start discussions about maternal health in your country.

There are so many reasons why a woman may suffer from fistula, a hole in the wall of the birth canal, but there is no good reason why that woman can’t be treated.

Approximately 10% percent of all women in Kenya are living with Fistula and several doctors like Dr. Hilary Mabeya and Dr. Weston Khisa have made it their life’s work to offer corrective surgery to many underserved women.

Between 2016 and 2019, the play was performed for audiences and policy makers at the following venues:

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters, Geneva.

The Wellcome Collection in London.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s Centre of Maternal and Newborn Health (LSTM).

Liverpool John Moores University during a discussion on fistula with final year midwifery students.

The Global Women’s Research Society Conference (GLOW Conference), it followed by a panel debate about Fistula and healthcare for women.

The European Congress in Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH).

Following the performance at ECTMIH, there was an expert panel debate under the heading ‘Are health systems failing to meet the needs of women’.

The panel was comprised of two Fistula experts (Seth Cochran, CEO and Founder of Operation Fistula and Gillian Slinger from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)) and two LSTM team members Mary McCauley (who have conducted research in Fistula and works within the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH)) and Sally Theobald (who researches public health systems and has considerable experience working around women’s health issues).

The play uses documentary theatre techniques, which means that the actors speak the words of real people.

Listen here to Sabina Nyabiako in her own words (to see a written translation in English, open the video in YouTube):

Click here for more information and interviews: https://www.birthdebate.com/m%E1%BF%A6mbi-kaigwas-blog-posts

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