There are an estimated 50,000 -100,000 women develop obstetric fistula every year; and that there are currently 2 million women living with the condition, mainly in Asia and Sub Saharan Africa (World Health Organisation)
What is the situation around the world regarding Obstetric Fistula?
An obstetric fistula occurs when a mother has a prolonged, obstructed labour, without access to emergency medical care, such as a C-section. Often labour lasts for many days with women suffering an incredible amount of pain. The ordeal leaves holes—known as “fistulae” —between the women’s vagina and her bladder or rectum. This causes incontinence and leads to a woman leaking urine, stool, or both, for the rest of her life. The smell is often what drives their husband’s away leaving these women in an even more vulnerable position. They are shunned by the wider community and due to a lack of understanding blamed for their condition.
How does Physicians Across Continents help?
Physicians Across Continents is working in 5 countries across Africa and Asia providing physical and psychological rehabilitation to help women resume their lives in society