THE FACTS

The East African - - OUTLOOK - -WHO

Each year, be­tween 50,000 to 100,000 women world­wide de­velop ob­stet­ric fis­tula. Women who ex­pe­ri­ence ob­stet­ric fis­tula suf­fer con­stant in­con­ti­nence, shame, so­cial seg­re­ga­tion and health prob­lems. It is es­ti­mated that more than two mil­lion young women live with un­treated ob­stet­ric fis­tula in Asia and sub-sa­ha­ran Africa. Ob­stet­ric fis­tula is pre­ventable; it can largely be avoided by: De­lay­ing the age of first preg­nancy; stop­ping harm­ful tra­di­tional prac­tices; and timely ac­cess to ob­stet­ric care. The In­ter­na­tional Fis­tula Day to End Ob­stet­ric Fis­tula raises aware­ness on the con­di­tion with the mes­sage that it is treat­able.

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