News on Obstetric fistula

8 Février 2018
Merhawit Mezgebe says members of her girls' club are helping to stamp out child marriage. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Abraham Gelaw
KOLLA TEMBEIN, Ethiopia – Not long ago, the sight of a 10-year-old bride was a common occurrence in Ethiopia’s Kolla Tembein District, said Daniel Hagos, the district’s chief administrator.  But the community’s women... Read more
16 Novembre 2017
Women and girls are waiting for a fistula repair at Maiduguri’s State Specialist Hospital © Anne Wittenberg/UNFPA
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,... Read more
9 Août 2017
Edma enseigne aux filles les compétences et les connaissances dont elles ont besoin pour se protéger, rester à l'école et exiger leurs droits. © UNFPA / Helene Christensen
NAMPULA CITY, Mozambique – « Certaines adolescentes abandonneront l'école et se marieront pour l’argent », a déclaré Edma, une jeune femme âgée de 21 ans. « Certaines adoptent des comportements sexuels dangereux,... Read more
28 Juillet 2017
Des femmes participent à une discussion collective sur les pratiques néfastes pour les femmes et les jeunes filles et la façon d’y mettre fin. Pendant cette séance, elles parlent du mariage des enfants. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Meron Negash
BENISHANGUL-GUMUZ, Éthiopie – Abebech Kabla a accouché seule dans les bois à trois reprises. Chaque fois, elle a cru mourir. La première fois, elle n’avait que 13 ans, et était mariée depuis un an. « Même après l’... Read more
23 Mai 2017
Women attend a fistula repair camp in Aweil, South Sudan. The conflict has disrupted access to life-saving reproductive health care, including treatment for obstetric fistula. © UNFPA South Sudan
WAU, South Sudan – Childbirth is supposed to be a joyous occasion. But for the most vulnerable women and girls, it can be anything but. Alexina Myambero Stimela knows this from experience. A nurse and midwife from... Read more
19 Mai 2017
Nurse Lydia Kasiya speaks with obstetric fistula survivor Nachilango Bisolomo at Monkey-bay Community Hospital. © UNFPA Malawi/Henry Chimbali
MANGOCHI DISTRICT, Malawi – A phone call changed Nachilango Bisolomo’s life. For 46 years, she had suffered from an obstetric fistula, a stigmatizing injury caused by childbirth complications. Fistula causes... Read more
20 Janvier 2017
The outreach campaign provided antenatal care, postpartum services, family planning counselling and many other services. © UNFPA Somalia
MORODIJEEX – It was early morning when a young sheikh, Abdi Iidan, and his wife joined the long queue leading to a tent in Morodijeex, in north-western Somalia. Mr. Iidan stood out from the crowd; women dominated the... Read more
10 Ooctobre 2016
Jumwa Kabibu Kai, 77, with Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi, at an event raising awareness about fistula. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
KILIFI, Kenya – Decades ago, Jumwa Kabibu Kai was pregnant with her second child in the small village of Kidutani, Kenya. The area was poor and isolated – her nearest neighbour was 3 kilometres away – and there was no... Read more
7 Juin 2016
Noorjahan laughs as she recovers from fistula surgery in Malalai Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Now, she says, "I can live." © Andrea Bruce/ NOOR
KABUL, Afghanistan – For 49 years, a traumatic childbirth injury left Noorjahan living in the shadows. A prolonged, obstructed labour, and lack of emergency maternal health care, left her with an obstetric fistula – a... Read more
20 Mai 2016
MULANJE, Malawi – Alice Sabuni has been living with obstetric fistula since 1949, when she gave birth to her first child, at age 17, a year after she was married. Now 83, many of her recollections from those days have... Read more