The problem with ‘African Woman’ magazine

Uganda's Scarlett Lion comments on an article titled “From fistula to fab” in the magazine African Woman, a fashion makeover of a woman who was recovering from a fistula. She says: “From Fistula to Fab! trivializes a very serious problem without offering meaningful commentary or insight into things like medical advances, or people who are working to stop discrimination or incidence, or the voices of survivors themselves.”


  • That is too bad really. Considering the seriousness of the problem it could have been used to shed some light on the subject. But you know unless it’s \fab\ no one wantsto hear it.

  • Cori

    For more information the 2 million women who currently suffer with obstetric fistulas and the $300 surgery that can save their lives, go to

  • Cleopatra

    The make over is a page that readers like to read and check out beauty & fashion transformations of different individuals. FISTULA was a major feature in the African Woman issue. If Scarlett Lion had read the magazine intently, she would have realised that there is alot of information about FISTULA within the magazine. The lady that got made over (Lovince) had already been treated for Fistula and was now better so to add more on her confidence, we showed that she can still look good. Hence the ‘Fistula to Fab’.
    Thank you for your critic though. Appreciate it.

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