Leaving no one behind: Is the achievement of the SDGs possible without securing the dignity, rights, and well-being of those who are “invisible”?

13 January, 2020
Leaving no one behind: Is the achievement of the SDGs possible without securing the dignity, rights, and well-being of those who are “invisible”?
Razia Shamshad turned her life around after getting fistula repair surgery at the Koohi Goth Women’s Hospital in Karachi. © UNFPA Pakistan

This commentary, published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, highlights crucial interventions required to end fistula.

Fistula elimination necessitates protecting women's/girls’ human rights and addressing social determinants that affect their ability to “survive, thrive and transform”.

Enhanced awareness-raising and advocacy; improved research, data, monitoring and evaluation; holistic social reintegration and survivor empowerment; and community engagement are additional key strategies for realizing the ambitious goal to end fistula by 2030.