A fistula is easily preventable. But it still happens every day in underdeveloped countries across the world.
An estimated 2 million women live with fistula, predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia and the Arab world.
While fistula is obviously a medical condition, there are numerous socio-cultural factors that both dispose women to the condition and which also result from a life with obstetric fistula.
Firstly, fistula primarily affects young, poor women with little or no access to maternal health services
Medical consequences: incontinence, infection, and possible infertility
Social consequences: isolation, abandonment, stigma, vulnerability
We aim to bring succor to these women by providing for them free repair surgeries by taking the following steps:
PROJECT DURATION: Two Weeks
- Call to women suffering from Obstetric Fistula within the region through various traditional and non-traditional means of information dissemination
- Assessment of the women who indicate interest
- Provision of transportation, feeding, and accommodation for the women
- Free surgeries performed
- Follow up assessment of the surgery
- Close observation of the women after surgeries
- Discharge of women who are certified to be in good health by the surgeons and doctors
- Provision of transportation and micro-finance loans for the women to integrate them back into the society
- Medical tests, consultations, and interviews with the women
- Appointments with doctors