Your donation will help us offer free repair surgery to women in Rwanda who didn't have access to quality medical care and suffered serious injuries during childbirth.
Our volunteer doctors and nurses are going to Rwanda to help women living with obstetric fistula. They will also examine women who had their surgery in 2019 and offer training to local health professionals.
It is one of the most serious and dangerous lesions that can occur during childbirth. It is a perforation between the vagina and the bladder or rectum during prolonged work. It causes leakage of urine and feces through the vagina and leads to chronic medical problems in the longer term. The women who suffer from it are then victims of urinary and fecal incontinence affecting their physical and mental health. They are often excluded from their communities, condemned to depression, and unable to work or go to school.
You may have never heard of it because it hardly exists in countries where women have access to quality obstetric care. This is unfortunately not the case for thousands of women in Africa. Surgical treatment is possible, but local health centres often lack resources and training to perform these complex operations.
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