They pleaded that the provincial government be held accountable for the denial of timely and adequate treatment of obstetric fistula
as violations of women's fundamental rights under the Constitution, including their rights to life and dignity.
Dr Roshan Ara Kazi said that it is unconscionable that the poorest, most vulnerable women and girls suffer needlessly from the devastating condition of obstetric fistula
still exists because healthcare systems, especially in developing countries, fail to provide accessible, quality maternal healthcare, including skilled care at birth, basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care, and affordable treatment of obstetric fistula
," the world body notes.
Characteristics and surgical success of patients presenting for repair of obstetric fistula
in western Kenya.
She has been working tirelessly since 1958 to help women affected by obstetric fistula
Articles were included in the study if they were: (1) written and published between 1990 and 2014; (2) cover the prevention of obstetric fistula
in sub-Saharan Africa; and (3) written in English or French (the languages of the primary researcher).
In addition, the number of previous repair attempts, the severity of the lesions, the overall health of the patient, the availability of health facilities and the experience and expertise of the surgeon are important factors in successful surgical closure of obstetric fistulas
Retrospective review of predisposing factors and surgical outcomes in obstetric fistula
patients at a single teaching hospital in Western Kenya.
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.
Post-rape medical diagnostics reports revealed the victim, known only as Liz, suffered serious spinal injury in the attack and was confined to a wheelchair, having developed obstetric fistula
characterised by leaking urine and stool.
3 million births, 2 million are to girls 14 or younger, who suffer the gravest long-term health and social consequences from pregnancy, including high rates of maternal death and obstetric fistula
, according to the report, entitled, Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy.
Complications from pregnancy and childbirth can cause grave disabilities, such as obstetric fistula
, and are the leading cause of death for these vulnerable young women.