The world’s population topped 7 billion in October 2011. This unique moment in human history represented both an opportunity and a challenge, and is having an impact on every single person on the planet.
Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating consequences of unequal access to health care during pregnancy and childbirth. Its persistence is a sure signal that health systems in many low-income countries are failing to meet the needs of women, a challenge that will be more and more difficult to address as the population grows.
A world of 7 billion people has implications for sustainability, access to health services and youth empowerment. However, it also offers a rare opportunity to renew global commitment for a healthy and sustainable world.
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How to support the Campaign
Here are some ways to build awareness and support in your community for this neglected issue:
Lend your voice: Inform your elected officials about fistula and the importance of safe motherhood or write a "letter to the editor" about fistula to your local newspaper.
Dine out: Partner with a local restaurant to donate a portion of one night's profits to the Campaign.
Clean your house: Hold a garage sale or auction off items on the Internet, with proceeds directed to the Campaign.
Talk to your boss: Encourage your company to support the Campaign.
Campaign on campus: Raise awareness of this issue on your university or school through video screenings and fundraising events.
Give a gift: Ask friends and family to give to the Campaign in lieu of holiday or birthday gifts.
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The report, recently released by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, calls for systematic notification of fistula cases and the creation of national registers to ensure proper care, follow up and support for all fistula patients.