"Obstetric Fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. It is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment.
The United Nation calls on the international community to use this International Day to significantly raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula.
"Obstetric fistula can be prevented and in most cases treated. Reconstructive surgery with a trained, expert fistula surgeon can repair the injury, with success rates as high as 90 percent for less complex cases. The average cost of fistula treatment—including surgery, post-operative care and rehabilitation support—is $300 per patient.
Obstetric fistula is preventable; it can largely be avoided by: delaying the age of first pregnancy; the cessation of harmful traditional practices; and timely access to obstetric care.
The prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula contribute to achieving the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goal 3, which is ensuring healthy lives; in this case, improving maternal health.
To read the United Nations' resolution supporting the end of Obstetric Fistula go to A/RES/67/147 " - U.N. Website