Better Maternal Care in Africa Can Save Women from Suffering in Childbirth

Kareemah Gamieldien, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Every year just over 500,000 women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth across the world. Another 20 million experience severe complications. But many of these complications are entirely avoidable – including obstructed and protracted labour and one of its side-effects, obstetric fistula.

An obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal between the vagina and the rectum or between the vagina and the bladder that is largely caused by obstructed and prolonged labour. This can occur when the mother’s pelvis is too small or the baby is too large.

In sub-Saharan Africa for every 100,000 deliveries there are about 124 women who suffer an obstetric fistula in a rural area. Obstetric fistulas predominantly happen when women do not have access to quality emergency obstetric-care services. Antenatal care could help to identify potential problems early but will not have an impact if there is no skilled surgeon to assist with the labour.

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Why One Woman Traveled from Algeria to Niger for Fistula Surgery

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The Worldwide Fistula Fund Opens Fistula Center in Niger

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New Partner Announcement – Worldwide Fistula Fund

I am happy to announce our newest partner – Worldwide Fistula Fund. Founded in 1995, the Worldwide Fistula Fund (WFF) is a not-for-profit public charity that provides medical treatment for women suffering from obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa. In February 2012, the WFF opened the Danja Fistula Center, a state-of-the-art fistula hospital in Niger to provide free obstetric fistula surgeries, prevention programming and aftercare for women afflicted by … Continue reading New Partner Announcement – Worldwide Fistula Fund