5th International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
In honor of the 5th International Day to end Obstetric Fistula, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight this issue and the work that a great organization is doing to help solve it.
Fistula is a severe medical condition that can occur after prolonged, obstructed labor. It’s an alarmingly common in some countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, where women have limited access to prenatal care and skilled attendance or emergency services during labor and delivery.
Niya — pictured below — is 1 of over 3,000 new fistula cases a year in Tanzania, and 50,000–100,000 new cases a year worldwide.
Two years ago, when Team Every Mother Counts ran the first Kilimanjaro Half and Full Marathon, we had a chance to travel to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to visit CCBRT Disability Hospital. CCBRT is the largest fistula repair facility in Tanzania, and is represented in the U.S. by Kupona Foundation. They are currently in the process of building what will soon become the largest maternity & newborn hospital in Tanzania to address referral cases throughout the country. Part of CCBRT’s holistic approach to fistula treatment is a socioeconomic empowerment project, The Mabinti Centre.
Every Mother Counts was able to visit The Mabinti Centre and see first-hand how they are equipping former fistula patients with the skills they need to secure employment and income after recovering from surgery:
On International Day to end Obstetric Fistula, we hope to raise awanress about this debiliting issue. To learn more, you can follow along in today’s twitter chat (Tuesday, May 23rd) at 10am ET using #HerWords.