March 4, 2024

Bashir Fistula Foundation Beneficiaries Tell Their Stories to Mark Obstetric Fistula Day

Obstetric Fistula is a childbirth complication that occurs when there is a prolonged pressure from a baby’s head on a woman’s pelvic bone which in turn inflicts damages by causing a hole between the vagina and the bladder (vesicovaginal fistula) or the rectum and the vagina (rectovaginal fistula).

According to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), OF is marked by incontinence of urine, faeces or both, adding that the main types are vesicovaginal fistula (connection between the bladder and vagina) and recto-vaginal fistula (connection between the rectum and vagina).

It further noted that Nigeria contributes about 150,000 cases to the estimated global burden of 2,000,000 cases with 12,000 new cases occurring every year. Sadly, thousands of them are languishing on the waiting list for corrective surgery.

Thankfully, Bashir Fistula Foundation (BFF), a non-governmental organisation is dedicated to increasing awareness of Obstetric Fistula and improving the quality of life of Obstetric Fistula patients in Nigeria.

To celebrate this year’s International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, BFF beneficiaries tell their stories.

Watch them speak below:

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