“The resolution is important for millions of women suffering the pain and shame of fistula,” said UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
UN resolution acknowledges obstetric fistula as a “notifiable condition” to register and track fistula survivors, and calls for more men and boys involved in the fight to erradicate it.
Major fistula meetings in Uganda will bring together health professionals from around the world to discuss challenges and advances in the fight against fistula.
Father Aldo Marchesini, a fistula surgeon and Catholic priest working in Mozambique for more than 40 years, received the Award at the UN headquarters in New York,
UN Secretary-General calls obstetric fistula "a stark reflection of inequality at its worst"
Sharifa's life is forever changed. After suffering from an obstetric fistula for 20 years, she underwent a successful surgery
On 23 May 2014, the world will observe the second annual International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.
Habiba started to raise awareness about fistula at the age of 12.
Father Aldo Marchesini has for many years been the only fistula doctor in Mozambique.
BBC News report from Uganda by Tulip Mazumdar
Statement on International Women's Day, 8 March 2014, by UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
Development gains from the past 20 years cannot be sustained unless governments tackle the inequalities that hurt the poorest and most marginalized.
High-quality, specialized supplies and equipment for fistula repairs are now readily available to be delivered in a fraction of the usual time.
In Madagascar, a team of 12 national and international surgeons have given 211 women suffering from obstetric fistula hope for a normal life.
More than 70 health experts and partners reviewed progress made in Niger to eradicate obstetric fistula and made recommendations.
Read the story of a Malawi woman who lived with fistula for 13 years and her new chance in life.
Experts from Nordic countries highlight obstetric fistula, a largely neglected childbirth condition that continues to debilitate hundreds of thousands of women in developing countries.
Three members of the United States Congress met with a fistula survivor turned renowned fistula surgeon and learned more about the Ethiopia’s efforts to end fistula in the country.
See the activities carried out by partners and countries across the world to mark the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula with a wide range of activities.
The first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula was marked in New York with a special launch event at the UN.
In the West African nation of Benin, the majority of births—approximately 66 percent—take place in rural communities with little or no access to skilled medical care.
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.