International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

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2021 DateMay 23, 2021
2022 DateMay 23, 2022
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

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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 prolonged or obstructed labor. Lack of emergency medical care can leave her in pain and worse, the baby may die. This injury can leave a 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 on May 23rd.

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  • The theme for International Day to End Obstetric Fistula in 2020 was End gender inequality! End health inequities! End Fistula now!
  • According to the UN, hundreds of thousands of women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, and Latin America and the Caribbean are living with obstetric fistula.
  • The average cost of treatment for obstetric fistula is $600. Treatment typically includes surgery, post-operative care, and rehabilitation support.

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International Day to End Obstetric Fistula - References and Related Sites

UN: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
fistulafoundation.org: What is Obstetric Fistula?

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