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End Fistula

Let's demand a world without the
traumatic childbirth injury

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Obstetric fistula happens when the baby becomes stuck inside a woman’s body during childbirth.

This results in a devastating injury - a hole forms between the birth canal and bladder and/or rectum resulting in uncontrollable leaking of urine and faeces.

Fistula deeply affects a woman’s life; It causes horrific, life-altering damage to the woman’s body

...and brings with it shame, deepening poverty and social rejection.

90%

of pregnancies in which the woman develops fistula result in stillbirth Source: Lancet Glob Health. 2016; 4: e80-e82

2 million

My bed was wet after I got up every morning...I lived for 49 years like this”. Noorjahan, Afghanistan

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8%

Obstructed labour is one of the leading causes of maternal death worldwide and accounts for an estimated 8% of maternal deaths Source: Ann Med Health Sci Res. 2015;5(1):20–5.

87% of vaginial fistula can be closed surgically

No woman deserves to live in misery, especially when fistula is treatable” Razia, Pakistan

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500k

women and girls are estimated to be living with fistula globally. Source: Intensifying efforts to end obstetric fistula within a decade: 2020 UN Secretary General’s report.

12,450 cases

"I was discriminated against. I was humiliated. People talked. Because of the looks, I stayed there shrunken.” Beatriz from Mozambique.

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When a woman develops an obstetric fistula, the baby almost always dies.

Obstetric fistula is caused by prolonged obstructed labour.
Obstetric fistula is caused by prolonged obstructed labour.

Samira's Story

If you were a teenager in rural Afghanistan, would you be able to make the right choices to avoid developing a fistula? Step into Samira's world to find out.

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