International Day to End Obstetric Fistula History
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula seeks to raise awareness about obstetric fistula and the dangers of it. Obstetric fistula is a childbirth injury that can affect both the mother and the child. According to the fistula foundation, it can occur when a mother has a prolonged or obstructed labor. Lack of emergency medical care can leave her in pain and worse, the baby may die. This injury can leave woman with physical and psychological consequences such as the inability to control her body’s waste, chronic infections, or social isolation. This day encourages women affected to seek treatment and to understand that they are not alone.
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula was established in 2012 by the UN General Assembly. It is observed annually May 23rd.
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