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#EndFistula Toolkit

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is on May 23rd! It’s a day to take action to treat and prevent obstetric fistula, a condition that affects between 1 and 2 million girls and women in developing countries. We've compiled a toolkit so you can add your voice to build awareness and support for this neglected issue.

Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury typically caused by prolonged and obstructed labor without access to emergency obstetric care, after which the infant is most often stillborn and the woman is left with chronic incontinence.

To help raise awareness of obstetric fistula, EngenderHealth has prepared a number of assets. Please share, and together, we can #EndFistula!  



Infographics

Share infographics about barriers to solving obstetric fistula and the work EngenderHealth is doing:

EndFistula infographic - barriers

...and...

EndFistula infographic - our work

* Also available in vertical format and PDF.


Articles

How a Simple Checklist Can Save Women’s Lives, Ulla E. Müller and Lauri Romanzi, M.D., Medium

Let’s Help Women Living with Fistula Get the Care They Need, Lauri Romanzi, M.D., Erica Frenkel, Mira Mehes, Medium

The unsung hero in transporting women with fistula to Kitovu Mission Hospital, Simon Ndizeye, Fistula Care Plus

The World’s Modern-Day Lepers: Women With Fistulas, Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

End the Inequity: The Journey to Eradicate Obstetric Fistula, Lauri Romanzi, M.D., EngenderHealth  

Intersection of Human Rights and Health Care, by Ulla E. Müller and Dr. Denis Mukwege, The Huffington Post


Quotes

Maura Lynch Miriam Akello Winnie Nakalema Amandua Jacinto


Fistula Survivors

Fistula Survivor: Federisi Fistula Survivor: Kahara Fistula Survivor: Sifa Fistula Survivor: Silvia Fistula Survivor: Group



Sample Tweets

  • 37,000+ fistula repair surgeries were completed by @fistulacare & other USAID-supported programs in 14 countries! #EndFistula
  • Let's break down barriers to care for women so we can prevent & treat obstetric fistula! #EndFistula #WheresTheFP bit.ly/1HvUcDr
  • Let's break down barriers to care for women so we can prevent & treat obstetric fistula! #EndFistula #WheresTheFP bit.ly/1HvUcDr
  • Obstetric #fistula is a devastating #childbirth injury that leaves women incontinent & isolated. Let's #EndFistula #WheresTheFP
  • #DYK obstetric #fistula is preventable with access to #FP & timely #maternalhealth care? #EndFistula #WheresTheFP fistulacare.org
  • Learn how mobile phones can help women with fistula! #EndFistula #WomenInspire http://bit.ly/1K8hlQ3
  • New research found faster, more cost-effective option for women after #fistula repair surgery! Read how in @TheLancet http://bit.ly/1E2aU8U

Sample Facebook Posts

  • Nurses like Miriam Akello are crucial in helping women with obstetric fistula heal & reintegrate! #EndFistula #WomenInspire #WheresTheFP http://bit.ly/1LhgycA
  • Dr. Maura Lynch has dedicated her life to expanding access to fistula repair surgery to women throughout #Uganda #EndFistula #WomenInspire #WheresTheFP http://bit.ly/1LhgycA
  • Nurses & midwives like Winnie Nakalema are not only healthcare providers but also champions for women! #WomenInspire #WheresTheFP #EndFistula http://bit.ly/1LhgycA
  • Uganda's Commissioner for Health Services, Dr. Jacinto Amandua, has always championed to #EndFistula! #WheresTheFP http://bit.ly/1LhgycA
  • Let's break down barriers to care for women so we can prevent & treat obstetric fistula! #EndFistula #WheresTheFP http://bit.ly/1HvUcDr
  • Get informed about how obstetric fistula affects women and together, we can #EndFistula everywhere! #WheresTheFP http://bit.ly/1Anl6Oc

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