Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating childbirth injuries. It is caused by the lack of a skilled birth attendant and access to emergency care during delivery. It is a highly stigmatizing, though in most cases treatable condition that results from prolonged, obstructed labor and causes chronic incontinence. According to currently accepted estimates, there are some 50,000-100,000 new cases every year.
That’s what makes a recent collaborative effort between 4-star Direct Relief International, the UN Population Fund and the 4-star Fistula Foundation so exciting. Together these charities have launched the Global Fistula Map . The map shows 150 health facilities providing fistula repair in 40 countries across Africa, South East Asia, and the Middle East. It is anticipated that the map will improve coordination, and enhance fistula prevention and treatment efforts worldwide.