Important details about the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula was observed across the world on 23 May 2016 with the theme End fistula within a generation. The day is celebrated to raise awareness about obstetric fistula.
The day was created through the resolution A/RES/67/147 of United Nations General Assembly calling on the international community to use this International Day to significantly raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula.
About Obstetric fistula
• Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth.
• It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.
• The condition typically leaves women incontinent and as a result they are often shunned by their communities.
• Sufferers often endure depression, social isolation and deepening poverty.
• Many women live with the condition for years as they cannot afford to obtain treatment.
• An estimated 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, Latin America and the Caribbean are living with this injury and some 50000 to 100000 new cases develop each year.
• Yet fistula is almost entirely preventable. Its persistence is a sign that health systems are failing to meet women’s essential needs.