Evnia raises awareness of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Today is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, a condition caused by obstructive labour which affects the health and well-being of thousands of women every year. This year’s theme is “20 years on – progress but not enough! Act now to end fistula by 2030!”

An obstetric fistula is an opening that is developed during prolonged labour between the woman’s birth canal and rectum and/or bladder resulting in incontinence and often leading to social isolation, depression, and further health issues. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 pregnancies result in still-birth.

Luckily, obstetric fistula is a preventable condition. Timely access to care and medicine for all can prevent obstetric fistula. Every woman deserves may experience childbirth with trained healthcare professionals by her side.

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight (once again) the necessity of universal access to care and safe medical devices so that the health and prosperity of our communities can be ensured.

Read more on obstetric fistula by visiting the following links:
World Health Organization – Obstetric fistula
United Nations – International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 23 May
Campaign to End Fistula