23 мая 2020 в 11:05
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Apparently today is #internationalendobstetricfistula day, so I wanted to draw attention to a subject that many are unaware of.
One of the worst things that can happen to a woman or girl is an obstetric fistula, an internal injury caused by an obstructed labour when adequate health care has not been available, that leaves her incontinent, humiliated and often cut off from her community.
93% of obstetric fistula survivors give birth to a stillborn baby, often after an agonising obstructed birth lasting days. These women may then be subject to severe social stigma due to their smell and perceptions of uncleanliness. This can then lead to psychological issues, and many marriages not surviving, unable to cope with the ongoing physical and emotional health issues. Having access to a well-trained midwife and an emergency caesarean section can prevent obstetric fistula in the first place. Pregnant women also need support from trained health care professionals throughout pregnancy.
The brilliant work of Hamlin Fistula centres across Ethiopia are helping tackle fistula and provide maternal health care.
If you can help them, fantastic, but even spreading the conversation can have a great impact. “I want to eradicate Obstetric fistula from Ethiopia. I won’t achieve this in my lifetime, but you can in yours”- Catherine Hamlin. 🤍
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