First Treat Fistula, Then Prevent It Altogether

In Africa and Asia, 2 million women and girls live with obstetric fistula that leaves them incontinent.
 
The condition is “effectively a hole in the birth canal” resulting from lengthy, obstructed labor without key emergency care, Sarah Newey reports. In developed nations, difficult births like these would quickly result in C-sections. But without crucial obstetric care, the debilitating condition stays with women for life, and comes with intense stigma.
 
But in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, the Fistula Care Centre offers life-changing surgery to some 400 women every year—free of charge.
 
While the surgery is life-changing, the real next step is preventing fistula altogether.
 
The Telegraph

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