Dr. Andrew Browning AM is an Australian trained obstetrician and gynecologist who has worked in Ethiopia and Tanzania for more than 17 years as a senior fistula surgeon.
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, Andrew decided to train under the legendary Dr. Catherine Hamlin at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. In the 17 years that have passed, Dr. Browning has provided life-changing surgery to women across Africa and Asia.
With the help of his obstetrician father, Dr. David Browning, he founded the Barbara May Foundation in Australia in 2009, providing volunteer midwives and obstetricians for emergency maternity services in district hospitals, and training for local staff.
Dr. Browning has led a team that have 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 Malawi, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Chad, Uganda, Congo, South Sudan and Togo.
Dr. Browning also consults on global maternal healthcare issues to United Nations Fund for Population Activities and the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). Andrew recently was appointed 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.
Fistula Foundation is thrilled to have Dr. Andrew Browning on our team!