Obstetric Fistula

Fistula surgery is not an easy job

Dr Nrinmoy Biswas, FIGO Fellow from Bangladesh speaks to us ahead of International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.

6,000 Fistula surgeries celebrated

FIGO’s Fistula Surgery Training Initiative is restoring the lives of thousands of women...

Sexual violence main cause of fistula in Tanzania

Sexual violence has been highlighted as the main cause of fistula in Tanzania. Medical experts in the country explained that the majority of cases they had seen had been the result of girls under the age of 18 being subjected to sexual violence. Dr Aroldia Mulokozi, policy, planning and research...

Nigerian women offered fistula surgery

A foundation backed by a famous Nollywood actress has been working to tackle Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in Nigeria. Extended Hands Foundation, the charity of Stephanie Linus, has offered free surgery to 15 women in the Kwara State region of the African country. It is the latest move the...

UN: More effort needed to end fistula

The United Nations General Assembly has called for more action on tackling obstetric fistula across the world. A new resolution, drafted and adopted on December 18th, aims for the international community to provide better technical and financial support to improve maternal health efforts. The goal...

Kenya opens more fistula treatment centres

Kenya is helping to combat the problem of fistula throughout the country by opening more dedicated treatment centres. The issue is widespread in the African nation with over two million women suffering from fistula complications. Not only is it hugely distressing there is also a stigma attached...

Fistula risk resurges in Liberia

Obstetric fistula is set to become more common again in Liberia due to the strain the Ebola virus is placing on the nation’s health system. This is the view of Dr John K. Mulbah, lead surgeon on the Liberia Fistula Project (LFP), who added that more women are giving birth without any...

Exim chairman takes on fistula ice bucket challenge

Yogesh Manek, board chairman at Exim Bank Tanzania has taken the ice bucket challenge in support of the fistula campaign across the country. Mr Manek took on the challenge after being nominated by the managing director of Airtel Tanzania, Mr Sunil Colaso. Shortly after completing the icy task, Mr...

US to help Ethiopia tackle fistula

The US has pledged its support to Ethiopia in the African country's fistula elimination campaign. Attending the 'Ending Fistula and Transforming Lives by 2020' conference in Addis Ababa, the US ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach explained how important it was for this condition to...

Ugandan doctors concerned with fistula rates

Doctors in Uganda have said they are concerned about the high incidence of fistula in the country. Speaking to the nation’s New Vision, Mulago Hospital fistula surgeon Dr Susan Obore explained that most women who suffer with obstetric fistula do not receive treatment. In fact, she told the...