Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Obstetric Fistula - Ignored

It’s estimated that up to 3.5 million women currently suffer from fistulas , with somewhere from 50,000 to 130,000 new cases each year–and most of them go untreated. Because many of these happen in rural areas lacking health care providers, it’s difficult to get at exact numbers, and there is little push to obtain them. A woman quoted in Kristof and WuDunn’s “Half the Sky,”  an Australian gynecologist who has worked in Ethiopia for more than 30 years, notes that women with fistulas “are the women most to be pitied in the world…They’re alone in the world, ashamed of their injuries. For lepers, or AIDS victims, there are organizations that help. But nobody knows about these women or helps them.”

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1 comment:

Bryant at Worldwide Fistula Fund said...

Thanks, Melisende. We appreciate your support in sharing the work we do and spreading the word to help fight fistula. Your readers can learn more about what we do here: