International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is a global observance aimed at raising awareness about the devastating consequences of obstetric fistula, and the necessary interventions to prevent and treat this preventable childbirth injury. Obstetric fistula is a severe medical condition affecting women that causes chronic incontinence, recurring infections, and social stigmatization. This day focuses on advocacy efforts, promoting preventative measures, and ensuring access to quality maternal healthcare services and necessary surgeries for affected women.
The United Nations General Assembly officially established the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula in 2012. South Africa, like many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, is deeply affected by obstetric fistula. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 2 million women and girls worldwide live with an untreated fistula, with 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occurring every year. In South Africa, limited access to quality maternal healthcare in some areas and lack of awareness of the issue contribute to the persistence of obstetric fistula. Efforts aim to generate greater attention, funding, and collaborative efforts to alleviate the suffering of South African women impacted by this condition.
Typical activities during the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula in South Africa include awareness campaigns, public discussions, and educational events about obstetric fistula prevention and treatment. The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is observed annually on May 23, making it essential for South Africans to participate and contribute to the worldwide effort to end this preventable yet life-altering condition.
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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