Do away with obstetric fistula
Obstetric fistula is a severe postpartum trauma, due to which women suffer from incontinence, often subject to stigmatization and isolation.
The eradication of obstetric fistula is one of the global health problems.
According to generally accepted estimates, 2–3.5 million women suffering from obstetric fistula currently live in developing countries, and another 50 to 100 thousand women are injured every year. Fistula is formed mainly in women living in poverty and in a cultural environment, where the status of a woman and her self-esteem can almost completely depend on her marriage and ability to have children.
Obstetric fistula is a preventable and in most cases treatable injury. A qualified, experienced surgeon can eliminate a fistula with the help of reconstructive surgery, and in less complex cases, the success rate of operations reaches 90 percent. The average cost of treating obstetric fistula - including the cost of surgery, postoperative care and rehabilitation - $ 300 per patient.
Postpartum fistula can be prevented by:
-the delay of the first pregnancy;
-cessation of harmful traditional practices; and
-providing timely access to obstetric care.
Preventing and eliminating obstetric fistula is related to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 3 - Ensuring a healthy lifestyle and promoting well-being for all at any age.