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International day to end Obstetric Fistula

Every year on May 23rd, the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula raises awareness of this medical issue and mobilizes worldwide support for child-bearing women. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obstetric fistula affects up to 100,000 women a year. Most of these women live in poverty. A simple surgery treats obstetric fistulas. The surgery costs about $600. Sadly, many women needing this surgery cannot afford it. With the community fund supported by Spotlight initiative , it has helped with financial assistance to women and girls suffering from fistula get help, by supporting identification of fistula patients by the Community Victim Support Unit, initial assessments at Nsanje District hospital and leading to referral to the countrys referral hospitals to be assisted by specialist.  The funds have helped them return to their normal lives, a life without discrimination or stigma. And has shown the commitment that spotlight initiative has towards ensuring a health adolescent girl and young woman in the community. As we commemorate the International day to end obstetric fistula, let us all take part in helping prevent early child birth as it is one leading cause of fistula

Tue, September 12, 2023

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