Dr. Andrew Browning AM FRCOG is an Australian trained obstetrician and gynecologist who has been involved with fistula surgery since 1996.
Dr. Browning’s life mission has been to help women suffering with obstetric fistula in Africa.
As a young doctor, he was inspired to become a fistula surgeon after visiting his aunt, Valerie Browning, in rural Ethiopia as she assisted women with terrible childbirth injuries. Deeply moved, he decided to work under the legendary Dr. Catherine Hamlin at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital where he stayed for ten years. Since then, Dr. Browning has started his own charity, which provides life-changing surgery to women across Africa and South East Asia and builds and runs charity maternity hospitals to prevent fistula. The Barbara May Foundation now provides free obstetric care to around 15,000 women a year and also trains midwives and doctors.
Dr. Browning has led a team that has gone on to transform several rundown health centers into safe and functional maternal health centers for poor women and those living in remote regions.
In an effort to help the more than one million women estimated to be suffering with existing obstetric fistula injuries throughout Africa, Dr. Browning continues to provide fistula camps in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Nepal.
Dr. Browning also consults on global maternal healthcare issues for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). He is the chair of the Fistula Expert Advisory Group at FIGO. Recently, he was named as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in recognition of his “outstanding contributions” to improving maternal healthcare for women in poverty.