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What Strong Women, Strong World is doing about fistula

Worldwide, more than 350,00 women die each year – one every 90 seconds – from complications of pregnancy or childbirth. Ninety-nine percent of these deaths are in developing countries. Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labor without prompt medical intervention. The woman is left with chronic incontinence and, in most cases, a stillborn baby. Fistula is preventable, and usually can be repaired by surgery. But over 2 million women are living with the condition. View an interactive map of fistula treatment facilities.

Women of Vision/World Vision is pleased to launch Strong Women, Strong World – a response to the needs of women and girls living in poverty in developing nations. By providing care to mothers and pregnant women and icnreasing access to critical medical services, it’s our goal to help reduce maternal and infant deaths and decrease the number of women suffering from illness as a consequence of pregnancy and childbirth.

A group from the Women of Vision Charlotte chapter recently visited the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, a hospital long-supported by Women of Vision. Find out more about Strong Women, Strong World.

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  1. Connie Smith says:

    And our sad situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo is that fistula is also the result of brutal rape, most often by men in uniform.
    World Vision is supporting women survivors who are rebuilding their lives. Often they are blamed for the rape by their families who feel shame and confusion concerning what has happened. Communities too often shun the women due to the complications, such as incontinence.
    Life skills, a safe place to live or at least transit through, counselling, medical care and family remediation are all covered in several programmes WV is running in North and South Kivu provinces.

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