International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

For as long as women have been giving birth, there have been risks to both mother and baby. In places where a safe, medically supervised delivery room is many miles, or even days away, one of those risks is obstructed labor. Without a C-section, many women will die. Their babies will die too. If a woman somehow survives after days of obstructed labor, she may experience a death of a different sort: tissue death. The pressure of the baby’s head during this elongated labor period will cause a hole to develop between the bladder and birth canal, and the woman Continue reading →

International Women’s Day 2019

Happy International Women’s Day! At Operation Fistula we’re working to end obstetric fistula for every woman, everywhere. Women and girls sit at the heart of everything we do, and our team – which is 80% women – is dedicated to addressing the systemic failures that perpetuate the horror of fistula. Today, Operation Fistula has a lot to celebrate, but we thought we’d highlight the work of three incredible women that our Analytics Assistant, Chloe Eddleston, met while participating in Tostan’s community-led development training in December. This International Women’s Day we celebrate the strength, diversity, talent, and power of all women Continue reading →

Fighting obstetric fistula in Madagascar

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula: Leaving no one behind: Let us commit to ending fistula now By Western standards, 2018 has been the year of the woman. Five months in and we have witnessed initiatives of female empowerment that have arguably been unparalleled before this time. Yet, let’s not jump to celebrate such advancements for gender equality so hastily, because even though we are celebrating 100 years of female suffrage here in UK, millions of  women are still excluded from basic human rights. Obstetric fistula is the epitome of gender inequality, and the fact that it still exists gives us Continue reading →