Finding a balance in the treatment and prevention of obstetric fistula

Glauser, Wendy
June 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/3/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 12, p1527
Academic Journal
The article provides information on the obstetric fistula, a term used to describe vesicovaginal or rectorvaginal fistula occurring after failed or obstructed labour. According to Fistula Hospital chief executive officer (CEO) Mark Bennett, about 20% of patients continue to battle incontinence and other complications post surgery because what is left of their bladder is too small to hold much urine. He adds that women in Ethiopia are vulnerable to obstructed labour at a young age. Moreover, women prone to fistulas are usually poor, rural and barely educated, living as they do in a culture which sees the schooling of girls as a waste.


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