You can bring hope to a woman who has lost everything.
22-year-old Victoria, from Tanzania, has lost five babies in five years to miscarriages and stillbirths. Her fifth baby also died recently during childbirth at hospital.
All this is more than enough tragedy for one person to take. But complications during her most recent childbirth have left Victoria with an obstetric fistula – a small hole created by pressure from the baby – which has made her incontinent.
Fistula can happen after prolonged childbirth when the baby gets stuck and the resulting pressure in the birth canal causes a tear. It is much more likely in low-income countries, that don’t have resources for good maternal healthcare. Tragically, the baby often dies. And the mother is left incontinent. Without surgery she will forever leaking urine or stools, sometimes both. But many women in the world's poorest places simply aren't able to afford or access the surgery that can cure them of their condition.
For many women in the world's poorest places, they simply aren't aware that there is a cure for fistula and live with the condition for years, even decades.
Your support can help more women with fistula receive the treatment they need.
Will you make a donation today so that more women like Victoria can regain their lives?
Your gift can help provide surgery for women with obstetric fistula
Living with fistula
Disability. Women with fistula in Africa are often ostracised and unable to work, because they are unable to stay clean and free from odour.
Stigma. Unable to keep clean and odour-free, a woman living with fistula in many African communities may be rejected by her husband. Many are shunned by neighbours, family, even fellow church members and are forced to live lives of almost total isolation.
Poverty. Isolated, unable to work and too often abandoned by loved ones, a woman like Victoria living with fistula often lives in desperate poverty.
We are working with partners in the world’s poorest places to:
- provide surgery and treatment to women with obstetric fistula;
- pay for transport to hospital – as many women are unable to work and rejected by their families, this can be a major barrier to treatment;
- provide rehabilitation and livelihood training to women affected;
- educate communities through awareness campaigns to reduce stigma and support more women to seek help.