International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
23 May, 2021
According to the World Health Organization (WHO),50,000 to 100,000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula annually. Obstetric fistula, an abnormal opening between a woman’s genital tract and her urinary tract or rectum, results in constant incontinence, shame, social segregation and health problems. More than 2 million young women live with untreated obstetric fistula in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. This condition can largely be avoided/prevented by:
- delaying the age of first pregnancy;
- the cessation of harmful traditional practices; and
- timely access to obstetric care.
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is to raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula, as well as urging post-surgery follow-up and tracking of fistula patients.