Today, May 23 is the world’s Day Against Obstretic Fistula. As we mark the campaign against Obstretic Fistula, Moms Africa enjoins every human to spare some thoughts and consideration as we join the world in relentless campaign against Obstretic Fistula.
The United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) defines obstetric fistula as:
“A childbirth injury that has been largely neglected, despite the devastating impact it has on the lives of affected girls and women. It is usually caused by prolonged, obstructed labour, without timely medical intervention—typically an emergency Caesarean section. During unassisted, prolonged, obstructed labour, the sustained pressure of the baby’s head on the mother’s pelvic bone damages soft tissues, creating a hole—or fistula—between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum. The pressure deprives blood flow to the tissue, leading to necrosis. Eventually, the dead tissue comes away, leaving a fistula, which causes a constant leaking of urine and/or faeces through the vagina.”
It is considered a disease of poverty because of its tendency to occur in women in poor countries who do not have health resources comparable to developed nations.