When I hear Of Fistula, The Next Thing That Comes to Mind Is Pregnancy And Childbirth (Part I)

This is the first of a series on Fistula.

When one hears of Fistula, the next thing that comes to mind could be pregnancy and childbirth. 

But, all of us should be concerned.

There is a vulnerability and susceptibility in the event one is sexually active before the age of 18 years,  a victim of physical assault, rape, engages in use of sex toys, inserting or stashing objects in the vagina and anus during sexual play, torture or as a result of hiding objects that may be contraband.

But, why should Key Populations (KP) be exceedingly concerned?

There are six reasons why KP should be emancipated enough to contribute to reduction of Fistula cases in their communities.

  1. It is treatable and those who seek care go on to lead confident fulfilling lives.
  2. It affects a big number of people than previously known.
  3. Contributing to its reduction, means improving health and achievement of the SDGs.
  4. You may be called upon to take care of someone after surgery. You need to know what they go through.
  5. It does not hurt to know or be informed about Fistula.
  6. Because you may be a human Rights Defender and your task is to advocate for dignity of all persons. 

According to the WHO (2019) report, Obstetric fistula is preventable; it can largely be avoided by:
  • delaying the age of first pregnancy;
  • the cessation of harmful traditional practices; and
  • timely access to obstetric care.

Remember, you too can contribute to preventing Fistula

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