United Nations Population Fund is teaming up with partners to spearhead the Global Campaign to End Fistula.
As illustrated by this infographic, the road to obstetric fistula is fraught with delays: delays in the progression of labour, delays in getting to an appropriate facility, delays in getting the proper health treatment.
The Campaign to End Fistula harnesses the power of partnerships and concerted efforts to tackle this neglected health and human rights issue.
On 23 May 2013, the world will be marking the first-ever International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, as recently designated by the UN General Assembly.
35 women and young girls prepare to re-join their families after undergoing successful surgeries to repair obstetric fistula.
Ministry of Health provides free fistula treatment, housing, and covers patient expenses at it's new fistula centre.
New online mechanism is raising funds for additional surgical staff, training and equipment.
Women and girls affected by fistula will have access to free services at the Bosaso General Hospital.
Access to fistula treatment is a rare privilege for many Cambodian women who live in poor, remote areas and have suffered in silence for decades.
UNFPA patron to promote maternal health around the world, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark highlighted the importance of fighting fistula during her recent goodwill tour to the country.
The 2012 conference will be held in Bangladesh.
Despite efforts to decrease the practice, report shows the frequency of child marriage has remained level over the last decade.
South-south cooperation builds capacity to improve the quality of care for fistula patients.
A joint project to end fistula is making strides in Northern Nigeria, a region estimated to have the highest number of cases in the world.
Medical teams recently trained by a Belgian fistula surgeon will now diagnose, treat and care for fistula patients in the country.
Mobile technology’s power to fight fistula in the big screen at ZIFF film festival in Zanzibar.
Treatment provided by the Mercy Ships gave her a new chance in life after 24 years living with fistula.
UNFPA and the governments of Korea and Côte d’Ivoire have agreed to fund a U$2,500,000 project to fight fistula in Côte d’Ivoire.
By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on the occasion of Mother’s Day
Read about how Family Care International is responding to fistula in Burkina Faso.
Madina, 30, lives in Mogadishu, Somalia. She developed fistula when she was only 17.
In many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, dying from childbirth is a very real possibility.
Linked to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital (Ethiopia), the project was considered one of the most innovative educational initiatives.
Message of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director, for International Women’s Day.
Commission on the Status of Women acknowledges their crucial role to eradicate poverty.
Direct Relief International, Fistula Foundation and UNFPA expand awareness of worldwide fistula treatment capacity.
The new Worldwide Fistula Fund hospital aims to treat 2,500 fistula patients in Niger by 2017.
Fistula projects from around the world are part of the top 50 inspiring ideas and solutions that deliver for girls and women.
A young woman's story of hope after five years with fistula.
Women Deliver will spotlight the top 50 inspiring ideas and solutions that deliver for girls and women.
Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, made the announcement yesterday in NY.
The Fistula Foundation Nigeria received the prize for providing high-quality services for women living with fistula in the country.
Laurinda Julio, from Mozambique’s Northern Province of Nampula, believes in a life after fistula.
The Fistula Foundation will distribute the resources through grants to fight fistula throughout Africa and Asia.
Documentary shows the trajectory of fistula survivors in Ethiopia as they learn how to advocate to prevent fistula in their communities.
Dr. Khisa Weston talks about his work in Garissa, Kenya, where he conducted several fistula surgeries on refugees from Daadab.
What care will the mother of the seven billionth baby receive?
IOFWG meeting ends on positive note.
Specialists lay out priorities to fight the childbirth injury and garner support to eliminate the preventable condition.
The next International Obstetric Fistula Working Group (IOFWG) meeting will take place in Maputo, Mozambique, from 10-12 Oct.
Journalist Lisa Ling, hosts event in Los Angeles to raise funds for NGO working with fistula survivors and advocates in Ethiopia.
The organization supports efforts to end obstetric fistula and reduce maternal mortality in the country.
Event brings together some 500 people to discuss the many challenges facing young women in a world of seven billion people.
Fistula is a major focus as the United Nations, U.S. government, advocates and celebrities highlight women and girls.
Mobile phones help improve maternal health and save lives in Tanzania, Rwanda and Mali.
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin visited the Obstetric Fistula Centre at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh.
Maternal health advocate and founder of Every Mother Counts, Christy Turlington Burns visits fistula center in Bangladesh.
They work in some of the poorest places, serving the least empowered people on the planet.
Photo essay by photographer Wendy Marijnissen on fistula and maternal health-related issues in Pakistan.
“I have been in pain for the past nine years, and I just hope it will be over soon so I can return home to my village,” says Ms. Armaldo, 25, on the day of her fistula surgery.