Dr Andrew Browning AM is an Australian trained obstetrician and gynaecologist who has worked as a Christian missionary in Ethiopia and Tanzania for more than 17 years as a senior fistula surgeon. Andrew spent his elective term at Murgwanza at the beginning of the Rwanda genocide. In 1996 he visited his aunt Valerie Browning and Dr Catherine Hamlin at the Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa and was immediately invited to work there.
Five years later he and his wife moved to Barhirdar in the Amhara region where he took charge of the first regional Hamlin Fistula hospital. Whilst there, he sought ways to reduce the incidence of birth injury, usually obstetric fistula, and the high maternal death rate. Both the Afar and the Amhara regional health bureau was very keen for him to provide volunteer midwives and obstetricians to provide an emergency maternity service in district hospitals and teach the local staff.
Andrew has led a team that have gone on to transform several rundown health centres into safe and functional maternal health centres for poor women, and those living in remote regions.
In an effort to help the more than two million women estimated to be suffering with existing obstetric fistula injuries throughout Africa, Andrew continues to provide Fistula camps in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Chad, Uganda, Congo and Togo. He is also training local surgeons in those regions in fistula repair. He also consults on global maternal healthcare issues to United Nations Fund for Population Activities and the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.
Andrew, who has devoted his life to show the love of Jesus to others, is guided by the Bible verse:
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God
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