Women suffering from obstructed labour often struggle until the baby dies. During this agonising process loss of circulation causes tissue to die, leaving large gaps between the birth canal and bladder or rectum, causing incontinence.
Most women and girls suffering with obstetric fistula are ostracised by their families and communities as they smell and are constantly wet, leaving them to live as outcasts.
Fistula is all but eradicated in the developed world.
In contrast, it occurs to thousands of women and girls in Africa every day and they have no-one to help.
It’s important to remember that behind every statistic is a woman or girl suffering. A woman just like your mother, sister, aunt, friend. A girl just like your daughter.
These women and girls deserve to be more than statistics, they deserve decent healthcare when they bring their children into the world.