International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula Theme 2018

An obstetric fistula is a neglected public health and human rights issue. 

The topic is currently not a priority discussion point or high on the global political agenda. We believe it’s time that obstetric fistula was brought back to the forefront of global conversation and to ensure that no woman is left behind. 

Join us and help more affected women recover and re-build their lives, #EndObstetricFistula #EndFistula. 

Authentic Human Stories to #EndFistula

On 23 May 2018 FIGO, our trainee fistula surgeons and women from some of the world's most disadvantaged communities, are highlighting the essential need for more surgeons to be trained on fistula repair and for more health facilities to provide holistic fistula treatment services.
 

Here are their stories:

Three women who can now rebuild their lives in Bangladesh https://www.figo.org/fistula/rebuildinglives

A story of Obstetric Fistula from Nepal  https://www.figo.org/news/fistula/storyfromnepal 

Dr Homa Dost, women's health in Afghanistan  https://www.figo.org/fistula/Afghanistan

Ending Fistula in DRC by 2030  https://www.figo.org/news/ending-fistula-2030​

Collaborating to advance women's health & rights   http://womendeliver.org/2018/collaborating-advance-womens-health-rights/

 

Draft Tweets

Dr Homa Dost from Afghanistan explains how it feels to offer women a second chance at life. It’s time to #EndFistula & to ensure that no woman is left behind https://www.figo.org/fistula/Afghanistan #EndObstetricFistula

An #ObstetricFistula is a neglected public health and human rights issue. Mrs Suku from #Nepal explains how her dignity and confidence was returned after 44 years. https://www.figo.org/news/fistula/storyfromnepal It's time to #EndObstetricFistula

A life shattering condition affecting 2 million women in 55 low resource countries. Hear 3 women from Cox’s Bazar #Bangladesh explain their #Fistula and why world leaders must invest in training more surgeons https://www.figo.org/fistula/rebuildinglives #EndObstetricFistula

Achieving the #SDGs will largely be determined by the 3 C’s & the 3 P’s: communication, coordination & collaboration, & partners, partners, partners! This is true in all global dev & in efforts to #EndObstetricFistula & #DeliverforGood http://ow.ly/sABf30k3WF7 

 

Downloadable Assets for Social Media

 
   
 

 

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Messaging for Advocacy asks

An obstetric fistula is a neglected public health and human rights issue, life shattering for two million women in some of the worlds most disadvantaged communities. If SDG3 is to be achieved functioning maternal health services - including emergency obstetric care- must be in place.

Ask your leaders to invest in training more fistula surgeons in low resource countries. It’s time to end Obstetric Fistula and to ensure that no woman is left behind.
 

Messaging for media statements

An obstetric fistula is a neglected public health and human rights issue. A childbirth injury caused by unrelieved obstructed labour; resulting in an abnormal opening between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum which leads to uncontrolled leaking of urine and/or faeces from the vagina.

It’s a life shattering condition affecting two million women in 55 low resource countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia; with up to 100,000 additional women tragically developing a fistula every year in some of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged communities.

Obstetric Fistula is fully preventable when women and girls have access to comprehensive, safe delivery services and emergency obstetric care.

For every woman who receives treatment for her fistula, at least 50 more go without because of a global shortage of trained, skilled fistula surgeons, and a huge unmet need to treat and repair the backlog of women suffering from this condition.

On May 23, 2016, the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Ban Ki Moon, the then UN Secretary-General, challenged the international community to end obstetric fistula within a generation. This is a goal not only worthy of, but mandatory to achieving the SDGs.

It’s time that obstetric fistula was brought back to the forefront of global conversation and to ensure that no woman is left behind.  

Join us and help more affected women recover and re-build their lives.