Obstetric Fistula

Fistula survivor 'joy' following operation

An Ethiopian woman has told of her joy at receiving reparative surgery on her obstetric fistula. Zeinat Workneh, from Addis Ababa, endured the injury for five years after suffering an obstructed labour, exacerbated by the absence of a skilled birth attendant.

Fistula victims 'outcast from communities'

Around two million women around the world face being outcast from their families and communities because they have suffered an obstetric fistula injury during childbirth, it has been reported.

Fistula 'eliminated in the developed world'

Both cultural and economic factors mean fistulas are practically unheard of in the developed world, it has been reported.

Fistula sufferers in Chad benefitting from new project

Women suffering from fistula in Chad could have a high cure rate thanks to a new project.

Fistula injuries 'widespread in Nigeria'

Fistula is a widespread problem in Nigeria, where a lack of medical attention during labour often leads to stillbirths and obstetric injuries, it has been reported.

DR Congo women and children 'facing worst humanitarian crisis'

Sexual violence used against women and children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is Africa's "worst humanitarian crisis", it has been suggested...

Liberian fistula awareness campaign launched

A new fistula awareness campaign has been launched in the county of Bomi, Liberia, with support from the nation's Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund...

Fistula surgery to open in Tamale, Ghana

A new medical centre offering reparative surgery for fistula patients is to open in Tamale, Ghana, it has been announced.

Fistula sufferers 'uneducated about repairs'

Many fistula sufferers are unaware that their condition is curable, it has been suggested.

Fistula 'should not be accepted as a social norm'

Part of the problem for women in African countries is that maternal death and injury are so commonplace they are often accepted as "just a part of life", it has been claimed...