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International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.
The condition typically leaves women incontinent, and as a result they are often shunned by their communities. Sufferers often endure depression, social isolation and deepening poverty. Many women live with the condition for years or even decades because they cannot afford to obtain treatment.
An estimated 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, and Latin America and the Caribbean are living with this injury, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. Yet fistula is almost entirely preventable. Its persistence is a sign that health systems are failing to meet womens essential needs.
The Campaign to End Fistula, launched by UNFPA and partners in 2003 is now present in 50 countries across Africa, Asia and the Arab region.
In its resolution A/RES/67/147, the General Assembly calls upon the international community to designate 23 May as the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, and henceforth use the International Day each year to significantly raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula.
Source: un.org
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Obstetrical fistula

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Quotes & Wishes - It is better to be blind It is better to be blind

It is better to be blind than to suffer from obstetrical fistula.
(a woman from Pakistan living with the condition for over a decade)
Razia
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Quotes & Wishes - My own family abandoned me My own family abandoned me

my own family abandoned me, repulsed by my disease and because they were fearful of contracting it themselves.
(a woman from Pakistan living with the condition for over a decade)
Razia
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Quotes & Wishes - Simply for trying to bring a child into the world Simply for trying to bring a child into the world

There are at least one million women with untreated fistula who are leading lives of depravation, misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into the world.
Kate Grant CEO, Fistula Foundation
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Quotes & Wishes - Think of what theyve gone through Think of what theyve gone through

Think of what theyve gone through: Extended labor, loss of a child, incontinence, and then usually having to go to a large city where they dont live and maybe dont know anyone to go through surgery for treatment. And yet they bounce back. Its incredible.
Kate Grant, The Fistula Foundation
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