Fistulas

Obstetric fistula statistics

Around the world more than 2 million women suffer from untreated obstetric fistula (OF) and each year 50,000 to 100,000 new women are affected by it. Despite awareness of fistula health problems and its impact on the lives of millions of women, it largely remains a ‘hidden’ condition.

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Causes of obstetric fistula

One of the major causes of fistula is one that is also closely linked to maternal mortality; that of obstructed labour. Obstructed labour occurs when the pelvic of the mother is too small to enable the baby to be delivered without help. Estimates are that obstructed labour occurs in 5% of the life births and accounts for 8% of the maternal deaths. 

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Medical shortcomings

Although interventions have been developed the last few years to enlighten the suffering of these women, the programmes have been rather patchy. In order to make interventions viable support of national governments and firm grounding within the social-economic context is essential. 

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10 facts on obstetric fistula

-- Obstructed labour occurs in 5% of live births and accounts for 8% of all maternal deaths. It is one of the four major causes of maternal mortality and morbidity.

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