16 years old and her life may never be the same again.

Newly married and on the brink of giving birth to her first child, she was full of hope and dreams.

And then everything changed.

Following a long and arduous labour without medical assistance, Katuma was left with horrific birth injuries and the grief of burying her stillborn child.

Swiftly divorced by her husband, she now lives with her Aunt, unable to work or remarry.

In pain, traumatised and alone – divorced, stigmatised, isolated and left in shame.

This is the reality of child birth for many.

This is Obstetric Fistula – a condition destroying the lives of more than 3 million women around the world today

With your support, we can help women like Katuma and Shukri.

Donate now or call 020 7993 6900 now.

Obstetric Fistula

This is Obstetric Fistula – a condition destroying the lives of more than 3 million women around the world today.

In Africa, 1 in 12 women doesn’t survive childbirth. For every woman who dies, a further 20 live to see the next day – but it is a future blighted by injury, pain and trauma.

Poverty, remote communities, lack of medical assistance and botched medical procedures result in difficult, obstructed labours that last for days. Unassisted and dangerous, many women lose their babies.

Instead of holding their new-born child in their arms, they are left with an Obstetric Fistula – a debilitating, humiliating and painful medical condition that leaves their lives in tatters.

“No-one helped me. My child passed away and as soon as he saw the problem, he divorced me – straight after the birth.  I have been in pain and alone now for 2 years.”  – Shukri (27 years old)

What is Obstetric Fistula?

A Fistula is an opening or tear between the vagina and bladder or rectum caused by injury or trauma, usually in childbirth.

Physical symptoms include a complete urinal and/or faecal incontinence, chronic infection, pain and nerve damage.

Psychological symptoms are further: shunned by society, depression and suicide are common. Some risk HIV/AIDS by resorting to prostitution to survive and many face financial difficulties, abuse, poverty and constant humiliation.

  • Some 2-3 million women are estimated to be suffering from a Fistula condition in Africa alone.
  • Affecting all age groups but most commonly found in 18-20 year old women, Obstetric Fistula destroys lives.
  • Causes include early marriage and conception, unassisted labour and birth, sexual abuse and rape, limited health resources and poor medical procedures.

76% of women with Obstetric Fistula are deserted by their husbands and shunned by society.

“What man wants a sick woman? I am leaking urine and sick all the time. Even sitting down is painful for me. His parents told him to leave me and he didn’t argue – he felt the same.” – Katuma (16)

Ostracised by the community due to the smell of urine and faeces, many women with Obstetric Fistula find themselves homeless and out of work.

22% resort to sleeping on the streets and begging for food in order to survive.

Brighter Future

Fragile health systems mean that help is not readily available.

Travelling for days in cramped conditions whilst in pain and unclean puts many women off from seeking help.

For those who do make it to a hospital, the training and facilities needed to successfully treat this common condition are scarce and they risk further injury.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Just £500 can provide a surgeon with the correct training and equipment to perform a fistula repair operation.

Our team of doctors and surgeons can provide humanitarian and medical aid to women across Africa and Asia – giving them a brighter future, free from pain and shame. With physical and psychological rehabilitation, they are able to reintegrate back in to society and begin their lives again.

With your mercy and generosity, we can change the lives of women across the world.

Your donations can help us train surgeons in fistula repair – performing up to 20 operations a day in each hospital.

This horrific and sadly too common condition is easily treatable.

With your support, we can help women like Katuma and Shukri.

Donate now or call 020 7993 6900 now.

Let’s change their future.