What will it take to achieve a fistula-free generation?
For more than a decade, governments, health institutions, and international and local organizations have been working to prevent and treat fistula. The tools and knowledge to end this devastating childbirth injury exist. Now, we need the political will and proper investments to bring these advances to women everywhere. To reach realize a fistula-free generation, we must:
- Prevent fistula from happening in the first place. Women need better access to high-quality family planning, prenatal and postnatal care, labor and delivery services, and emergency obstetric care offered by competent providers.
- Treat the current backlog of women who are living with fistula. We need to continue to strengthen and build the capacity of local health systems and surgical teams to provide fistula surgeries. Many women have lived with this condition for decades because they are unable to access treatment.
- Raise community awareness. Women and families must understand the causes of fistula to reduce stigma, so that women who have been living and hiding with fistula can come forward and seek treatment.
- Ensure fistula prevention and treatment services are well-resourced and sustainable.
Watch fistula survivors tell their stories
These videos are from fistula survivors in Uganda and Ethiopia, and represent just a fraction of the women we've helped around the world. Learn more about our global Fistula Care project.