'International efforts needed' to combat fistula

A greater commitment from governments, international organisations and health professionals is needed in order that fistulae can be prevented in the developing world, it has been claimed.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada - FIGO's affiliate in the country - says two million women around the world currently live with obstetric fistula, over a century after medical advances led to its elimination in richer nations.

Halifax obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Scott Farrell, the society's president, commented that "much more work is needed" to help make the condition a thing of the past.

"We have the knowledge and expertise to prevent fistula, and to make pregnancy safe for women everywhere," he stated.

However, he stated that a major international effort is needed to ensure that this expertise is put to use in parts of the world where it is gravely needed.

Last week, Australian urogynaecologist Dr Hannah Krause told Christian Today that the common lack of public awareness and knowledge in the developing world about obstetric fistulae is "a silent tragedy". ADNFCR-2094-ID-19230010-ADNFCR