Obstetric Fistula

Obstetric fistula in Africa 'needs more funding'

Obstetric fistula is a growing problem in the developing world and should be an issue which will continue to need major funding.

Sudan Women's Advisory board 'seeks to improve health among females'

The Darfurian Women's Advisory board in Sudan is trying to improve wellbeing and satisfaction among the female population, including maternal and newborn health ...

Fistula 'continuing to affect millions in the developing world'

The continued problems faced by obstetric fistula sufferers serve as a reminder of the need to further women's rights on a global scale, it has been claimed...

Fistula 'must be tackled in Rwanda'

Fistula remains "a pressing health concern" in Rwanda, but one that can be avoided, it has been claimed. Agnes Binagwaho, the nation's permanent secretary in the ministry of health, told delegates at a conference in Kigali that the obstetric injury must be prevented from occurring...

38-hour labour 'led to a fistula'

A young Kenyan woman has told of how she suffered an obstetric fistula injury after spending 38 hours in labour. Sarah Omwenga told delegates at the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons' Conference in Nairobi how when she finally gave birth, the child had died...

Poor health funding 'contributes to fistula suffering'

More women are developing fistulas because health care systems across the developing world are poorly funded, it has been claimed. According to the African Medical and Research Foundation (Amref), treatment is often too inaccessible and expensive for women living in rural communities.

Malawian girl: Fistula 'makes me feel worthless'

A Malawian teenager has spoken of her emotional and physical agony after suffering an obstetric fistula injury. As reported by IRIN, 19-year-old Lucy Chikoti, from Balaka in the southern region of the African nation, fell pregnant last year after marrying her boyfriend.

Fistula sufferers 'face scorn and rejection'

Obstetric fistula sufferers are "the lepers of the 21st century", according to one newspaper columnist. Writing for the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof explained how girls and women with the condition are typically abandoned by their husbands, families and communities...

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.