Obstetric Fistula

Celebrating thousands of Fistula surgeries

2019 has been the year that we have started to see the fruits of our persistent efforts since the FIGO FIstula initiative was launched as we were celebrating thousands of surgeries being reported month after month.

Celebrating 10,000 Fistula Repair Surgeries

The FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative celebrates a major milestone in the fight against obstetric fistula: 10,000 fistula repair surgeries.

In Yemen, Ending Fistula under Armed Conflict

Dr Bilquis Al-Jailani shares her story as a surgeon working to help women with obstetric fistula in a humanitarian crisis

In Madagascar, stories of fistula can make a difference

FIGO's Fistula Surgery Training Initiative puts the human rights of women suffering obstetric fistula first. Dr Fidèle Rakotoarivololona from Madagascar shares his story...

À Madagascar, les histoires peuvent faire la différence

La fistule obstétricale est une blessure catastrophique de l’accouchement. C'est un problème de santé publique et de droits humains négligés. Le docteur Fidèle Rakotoarivololona, qui travaille à Madagascar, raconte son histoire...

In Somaliland, the first female surgeon rebuilds lives

Obstetric fistula is a preventable health problem and if it happens, a well-trained surgeon can often repair it. Dr Shukri Dahir, the first trained female surgeon in Somaliland, shares her story.

In Somalia, restoring dignity

Obstetric fistula surgery restores dignity and returns women to their community. Dr Abdirisak Hassan Artan, from Somalia, shares a story of a patient who ' got her life back from the dead.'...

In Nigeria, surgery can end the isolation

Obstetric fistula is commonly regarded as a condition of the poor and the illiterate, but without skilled attendance at delivery, anyone can suffer. FIGO Fellow Dr Sadiya Nasir shares her story.

In Kenya, one life-transforming surgery at a time

Only 1 in 50 women living with obstetric fistula will ever receive treatment. FIGO Fellow Dr John Omboga from Kenya shares his commitment to closing the treatment gap.

Think Equal: obstetric fistula

Gillian Slinger, Senior Project Manager of FIGO’s Fistula Surgery Training Initiative addresses the inequity which leads to obstetric fistula, its devastating impact, and innovations that are making a difference...