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22 May, 2017 Mangochi District, Malawi – A phone call changed Nachilango Bisolomo’s life. For 46 years, she had suffered from an obstetric fistula, a stigmatizing injury caused by childbirth complications. Fistula causes incontinence and can also lead to infections, chronic pain and other problems. “Everywhere...
22 May, 2017 Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, 23 May 2017 Over the past year, I followed the total transformation of two women’s lives. Alice, from Malawi, was successfully treated for obstetric fistula at the age of 83, after...
6 January, 2017 Kano State, Nigeria - I met Zainab Baubau, a 32-year-old fistula survivor, 19 years after the death of her son, an infant she lost during childbirth and developed an obstetric fistula. At the age of 12, she was in labour for 48 hours, and while she waited eagerly to hear the cry of her baby,...

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Suffering in silence: Obstetric fistula in Asia
Suffering in silence: Obstetric fistula in Asia