Ethiopia has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. With a total population of 109 million, there are still very few trained midwives or medical professionals, especially in rural and remote areas where over 80% of the population resides. This results in less than 16% of births taking place with a skilled attendant present, and a life of despair for many women with obstetric fistula.
Fistula is the result of a prolonged and agonizing obstructed labor. Often, the babies are stillborn, while the mothers are left with a chronic medical condition. These women suffer nerve damage and lose the ability to control their urine and feces. Because of this, they are shunned by their communities for their smell, often cast off as being cursed. Many of these women are abandoned by their husbands and rejected by their communities, left to live in complete isolation.
According to the United Nations, more than two million women worldwide live with fistula, with 100,000 new cases each year. Yet, fistula is both preventable and treatable.
Most fistulas can be completely repaired with a 60-minute surgery. It is an hour that can totally transform a woman's life. It can also give a woman the chance to have a child again.
Ethiopiaid is working with some of the leading fistula hospitals in Ethiopia to provide free obstetric fistula repair surgeries to women across the country.
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