Monday, March 7, 2011

International Women's Day: Undoing the Stigma of Fistula

Tomorrow, on the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, take this chance to learn more about fistulas, the women affected by them, and what is being done to prevent them.

Doctors Without Borders has an initiative to draw attention to a little known condition afflicting millions of women worldwide: fistula. While rarely heard of in the U.S., fistulas are very common in areas of the world where women have little-to-no access to health care. Across Africa, it is estimated that one-and-a-half million women suffer from this preventable and treatable condition, which carries enormous social stigmatization. A fistula is an abnormal opening between the vagina and bladder that can result after a prolonged and/or complicated labor, especially if a woman arrives late to a health facility. The good news is that fistulas can be prevented and treated with relative ease, curing incontinence and relieving women of the pronounced social exclusion they often suffer as a result of their condition.

Check out this package from Doctors Without Borders to learn more:

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