The Fistula Foundation
The (World Health Organization) WHO calls Fistula “the single most dramatic aftermath of neglected childbirth”. Fistula develops when the blood supply to the tissues of critical organs is cut off during prolonged obstructed labor. Women who develop fistula lose their bodily functions and are often abandoned by their husbands, rejected by their communities, and forced to live an isolated existence as they suffer profound psychological trauma.
Eradicated in western countries at the end of the 19th century when cesarean section became widely available, obstetric fistula continues to plague women throughout the developing world. It is estimated that there are 100,000 new fistula cases each year, but the international capacity to treat fistula remains at only 6,500 per year. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates the world’s population of fistula sufferers at more than two million. To learn more, please go to www.fistulafoundation.org.
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