International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is a global observance aimed at raising awareness and promoting efforts to combat a condition that afflicts many expectant mothers in the developing world. Obstetric fistula is a severe medical condition that occurs when a hole develops between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum of a woman due to prolonged or obstructed labor without treatment. This often results in chronic physical and psychological complications, including incontinence, social isolation, and increased risk of maternal disability or death. By recognizing this day, the global community demonstrates its commitment to ensuring that all women have access to quality maternal health care, and that those suffering from fistula receive proper treatment and support.
The United Nations designated this day in 2013, based on the Campaign to End Fistula initiated in 2003 by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and its partners. As a member of the global community, Canada plays an important role in supporting initiatives to end obstetric fistula, pledging financial and technical assistance to organizations working on maternal health in the developing world.
As a nation that values health care as a fundamental right, Canada often participates in the observance of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula through educational events, fundraising campaigns, and social media awareness programs. The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is observed on May 23rd.
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References and related sitesUN: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula fistulafoundation.org: What is Obstetric Fistula? www.unfpa.org: UNFPA End Obstetric Fistula Day 2022