In many locations around the world, pregnant women without access to high-quality health care and emergency obstetric care are at risk for obstetric fistula
Access to services for women suffering from obstetric fistula
is being extended through a new national Fistula Treatment Network, with four treatment centres already enrolled and providing fistula surgeries.
Moreover, young mothers are especially vulnerable to poor reproductive health outcomes, including prolonged and obstructed labor, obstetric fistula
, and death (Population Council 2004) Men's control over key resources, social isolation and the low socio-economic status and dependency of women predisposes married girls to violence and poverty.
The health experts called upon the government to take pragmatic steps for prevention of primitive and traditional way of pregnancy, to overcome with increasing cases of obstetric fistula
, and to meet with the relevant MDG by end of 2015.
The report places particular emphasis on girls 14 and younger who are at double the risk of maternal death and obstetric fistula
Abstract: Obstetric fistula
is a complication of pregnancy that affects women following prolonged obstructed labour.
CONDITIONS: Uterine rupture and obstetric fistula
(an opening between the bladder or rectum and vagina that allows urine or feces to pass through the vagina; caused by obstructed labor)
There are two obstetric fistula
centers in Yemen; one is in Sana'a at the Al-Thawara Hospital and treats cases from the northern area patients, and the other is in Aden at the Al-Wahda Hospital, for southern patients.
Shaikha Shamsa, who is also the chairwoman of the Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA), called on the leaders to address the direct causes of maternal death and not to ignore the millions of women who survive childbirth with debilitating trauma such as obstetric fistula
In Sudan, 16-year-old Awatif Altayib lost her baby following two days of difficult labor, and emerged from the ordeal herself injured with obstetric fistula
is caused by prolonged, obstructed labor without access to emergency obstetric care, leaving a hole, otherwise known as a fistula, between a woman's vagina and her bladder, rectum or both.
COULD be a curse from the book of Job, if lob were a woman: A girl or woman is in labor in rural Africa.