At Operation Fistula, we are all too familiar with the injustices experienced by women living with obstetric fistula. Despite the existence of a dedicated community of fistula surgeons and a surgical treatment viewed by many as successful in alleviating or eliminating symptoms (1), the pace of obstetric fistula continues to outrun our collective ability to treat it. The need to address prevention and treatment efforts has been urgent for some time, but with the and its myriad consequences, the need has become acute.
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- Rupley, MD DM, Dongarwar, MS D, Salihu, MD, PhD HM, Janda, MD AM, Pope, MD, MPH R. Healthcare Access as a Risk-Marker for Obstetric Vesicovaginal Fistula in Malawi. International Journal of Maternal and Child Health and AIDS. 2020;9(1):4–13.
- WHO. The Second Meeting of the Working Group for the Prevention & Treatment of Obstetric Fistula. Addis Ababa; 2002 Nov.
- Baker Z, Bellows B, Bach R, Warren Charlotte. Barriers to obstetric fistula treatment in low‐income countries: a systematic review. Tropical Medicine & International Health. 2017 Aug;22(8):938–59.