What is Obstetric Fistula?

The development of obstetric fistula is directly linked to one of the major causes of maternal mortality: obstructed labour without access to a C-section surgery.

Women who experience obstetric fistula suffer constant incontinence, shame, social segregation and health problems. Most of the time, she loses her baby. 

Each year between 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan women are affected by obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal.

Janet Alubo developed an obstetric fistula after three days of labor with her fifth child. She was able to get a C-section and the baby survived, but she developed a fistula causing chronic incontinence. Her husband, Felix, supported her but she withdrew from church and every public function. TERREWODE helped her access a free fistula repair surgery, as well as empowerment and vocational training.

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