International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula : International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is observed on 23rd May to sensitize and support the suffering women and girls. It is important not to pay a deaf ear to any injury or associated illness. Obstetric fistula is a threatening childbirth injury which can’t be overlooked or ignored. The suffering women may face serious repercussions as it is deadly for unborn babies. However, a pleasant aspect relates to the fact that one can treat it and can mostly be prevented.

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

What exactly is Obstetric fistula?

Due to prolonged and protracted labor resulting in a hole in the birth canal it needs timely adherence, failure to which it can result in infertility, diseases along with infection.

Furthermore, it also leads to an unhygienic phase where women may leak faeces and urine which brings discord in the marriages resulting in her husband to shun her along with her community and she may also turn jobless. The world literally turns upside down for her where she is forced to lead a life of isolation and misery. The suffering woman undergoes depression in the process. Sad part is that many are forced to undergo the same condition for decades, since they are financially not sound enough to get treatment.


Shocking aspect is that over 50,000 new cases come every year. It throws open a startling challenge where the health system is certainly not equipped to meet the demands of women.

Therefore, the day is celebrated to sensitize, empower and raise awareness while taking immediate remedial measures to end obstetric fistula.


Poor countries are experiencing a big brunt of the problems which mainly arise due to unplanned pregnancy or early child marriages as such cases find themselves to be very vulnerable.



An inspiring fact has been the campaign namely ‘Campaign to End Fistula’ which UNFPA has launched in over 55 countries with an aim to prevent, treat and rehabilitate sufferers.

The preventive measures are proper family planning, helping with the best of reproductive health care, serving the need by employing skilled and experienced birth attendants as well as creating efforts to rehabilitate. These suggestive tips will bring down the cases drastically while ‘reconstructive surgery’ needs to be done to treat the injured women. UNFPA has played a decisive role with over 120,000 surgical repairs.


A goal is set to end obstetric fistula by 2030

Thanks to a large-scale sensitization process along with collective efforts across the world, the goal to eradicate the problem of obstetric fistula by 2030.


How to observe the day

In order to make the preventive steps significant and meaningful, the international community celebrates the day while playing a decisive role. They have to strengthen their actions to create a more stringent and everlasting approach especially when it comes to ‘following’ the conditions of women after their surgeries.


Since a vision has been created, it is high time to reconsider that no woman from marginalized communities is left untouched or overlooked. After all, a family can be ‘sound’ health wise only, if a woman is free from injuries or illnesses.


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