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21 December, 2017 Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe - Nyasha Musandu (name changed to protect identity) was just 12 years old when she was forced into child marriage three years ago. At 13 she fell pregnant, suffering a still birth and double fistula; a debilitating condition caused by a four-day labour rendering her completely...
20 November, 2017 New York, United States – The UNFCU Foundation awarded Ms. Erin Anastasi, Coordinator of the UNFPA-led Campaign to End Fistula, with its 2017 Women’s Empowerment Award. The award was given at New York-based Columbus Citizens Foundation reception in November 2017. “Reaching the poorest women with...
Women and girls are waiting for a fistula repair at Maiduguri’s State Specialist Hospital © Anne Wittenberg/UNFPA
16 November, 2017 MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – “One week after I delivered my second child, I realized that there was an issue,” Aisha told UNFPA from her hospital bed in Maiduguri, in north-east Nigeria. She had developed an obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that can derail a woman’s whole life. Obstetric...

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