UNFPA

Funds fistula repair surgery for women at BMMH.

Obstetric fistula most commonly occurs among women who live in low-resource countries, who give birth without access to medical help. If a woman’s labor becomes obstructed, she could remain in excruciating pain for days before her baby is finally dislodged. Her baby likely dies and she is often left with an obstetric fistula, a small hole created by constant pressure from the fetus, which renders her incontinent. The Numbers are Staggering: For every woman that gets treatment, at least 50 go without. Obstetric fistula is both preventable and treatable. It can be prevented if laboring women are provided with adequate and timely emergency obstetric care when complications arise. Once a fistula has developed, however, the only cure is surgical treatment.

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