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AboutThe campaign

About the campaign
What is Obstetric Fistula?

In 2003, UNFPA and its partners launched a global Campaign to End Fistula, in line with international targets to improve maternal and newborn health and with the goal of making obstetric fistula as rare in developing countries as in the developed world.

In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to end it by 2030 and reiterated the goal in 2020.

Ending fistula globally demands strong political leadership, strategic and urgent intervention, significantly increased resources and strengthened collaboration between governments, partners, civil society, health care providers, women and communities.

Since its inception, the Campaign has helped restore the health, dignity, sense of self-worth and agency of more than 100,000 of the world’s poorest and marginalized women and girls by repairing fistulas and providing rehabilitation and reintegration services and support. In 2017, the Campaign to End Fistula received the Women’s Empowerment Award from the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) Foundation for its:

Action for a new global agenda grounded in principles of rights, inclusiveness and equality.”

International day to end obstetric fistula

In December 2012, 167 countries co-sponsored a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly that called on all Member States to support the activities of UNFPA and its partners in the Campaign to End Fistula.

It also designated 23 May as the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula to raise awareness and heighten action toward ending fistula.