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Spring 2011 Seminar Speakers: Dr. Steven Arrowsmith

Date: February 17th, 2011 | Time: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. | Location: Science Building 010

"Addressing the Obstetric Fistula Disaster: A Challenge in Human Rights, Development Paradigms and Kingdom Ministry".
"Across the world's poorest countries, obstetric fistula is a dreaded complication of labor and delivery effecting the lives of millions of women. We will discuss the history and magnitude of this issue, its implications in terms of the basic human rights of poor women, and talk about the multi-layered responses necessary to bring this epidemic under control."
Introduction to Dr. Arrowsmith
"I am Fistula Program Consultant to Mercy Ships, Clinical Consultant to Fistula Care, EngenderHealth (based in New York), and Medical Director of the Worldwide Fistula Fund. In the past, I founded the Fistula Centre of ECWA Evangel Hospital in Jos (about to be renamed Bingham University Teaching Hospital) and was Assistant Medical Director of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. I serve as an expert on the UNFPA International Fistula Working Group, and I am a member of the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons.

I am currently one of the principle investigators for the world's first randomized, prospective multi-center clinical trials in fistula care. Within the broad context of the fistula issue, I have been most involved in surgical training, medical ethics, medical research, and in advocacy for "whole-person" care for the fistula victim. Our Niger project is poised to be a world-leader in the areas of rapid fistula prevention and social reintegration and rehabilitation, and I have a lot of experience on the public-health/development side of the issue, having served as an invited expert to collaborative meetings in places like WHO headquarters in Geneva, the Gates Institute at the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, and the CDC and Carter Center in Atlanta. For the time that we lived in Africa, or family served as missionaries with SIM (Serving in Mission). I am Board-certified in Urology and trained at the Medical College of Ohio, where I also received my medical degree.

Muriel is my second daughter to go through the Calvin Nursing Program (Ruth finished in 2005), and my third daughter Ellen is a Calvin gradcurrently doing graduate studies in social work at the University of Vermont. My wife Jan is a Family Physician who is heavily involved in the care of AIDS orphans in Ethiopia (she's there right now)."