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Obstetric Fistula

The United Nations’ Third Sustainable Development Goal includes the aim to prevent obstetric fistula globally as part of a suite of objectives surrounding the improvement of maternal health. Over three hundred thousand women are thought to lose their lives each year due to obstetric fistula, and while this has largely been eradicated in wealthy countries it continues to destroy lives and damage communities across Africa and Asia. The condition can cause severe bleeding, infections, hypertensive disorders, and can occur due to obstructed labour or complications from unsafe abortion, but is easily treatable with a single operation costing around $600. Deaths from obstetric fistula represent a failure of maternal health care, but raising awareness and donating to organisations can help bridge this healthcare gap. How can we end Fistula ?

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