23rd May every year is a day set aside by the United Nations to significantly raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending Obstetric fistula, which is one of the most serious/ tragic injures that can occur during childbirth. Obstetric fistula is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.
The condition typically leaves women incontinent, and as a result they are often shunned by their communities. Sufferers often endure depression, social isolation and deepening poverty. Many women live with the condition for years or even decades because they cannot afford to obtain treatment.
An estimated 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, and Latin America and Caribbean are living with this injury, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. Yet fistula is almost entirely preventable. Its persistence is a sign that health systems are failing to meet women’s essential needs.
How to prevent Obstetric fistula
. Avoid Child marriage/ Teenage pregnancy.
. Avoid traditional harmful practices like insisting that a lady must have her childbirth at home like her mother and grandmother.
. Regular antenatal clinic visit and timely intervention to avoid prolonged/ obstructed labour.
. Ensure that you share this knowledge and raise the awareness in your local society.
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Post source: http://www.un.org/en/events/endfistuladay/