Obstetric fistula is a condition almost unknown in the West but indescribably hideous for millions of sufferers in the poorest countries in the world.

It typically occurs when a teenage girl cannot deliver a baby because it is too big for her pelvis. After several days of labor without access to a doctor, the baby dies and the girl is left with a hole between her bladder, vagina and sometimes rectum. The result is that urine and sometimes feces drip constantly down her legs. In some cases, she is also left lame from nerve damage.

Women with fistulas stink and leave a trail of urine behind them. They are often abandoned by their husbands and driven out by other villagers.

Media publications

  • NPR : Hospital Gives Ethiopian Women a Chance at Care Complications during delivery are a leading cause of death for women giving birth in developing countries. At Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, some women are getting a chance at treatment. [8:49 streaming audio broadcast] (Published 2007-01-18 00:00:00)
  • NYTimes.com - After a Devastating Birth Injury, Hope Article discussing fistula-reversal operations in Tanzania paid for by a charitable group, Amref, the African Medical and Research Foundation. (Published 2009-02-23 00:00:00)
  • NYTimes.com - Alone and Ashamed Obstetric fistulas are quite common in Africa. Here is a description of the problem, its prevalence, and what some people are doing about it. (Published 2003-05-17 00:00:00)
  • NYTimes.com - Scholars Argue Over Legacy of Surgeon Who Was Lionized, Then Vilified J. Marion Sims, called by some the "Father of Gynecology" perfected his technique of repairing fistulas on American slave women in the 1840s. This story is about his efforts and how he's viewed by historians. (Published 2003-10-28 00:00:00)
  • The Trauma of Childbirth Website to accompany a radio story (available in Realaudio format) by Radio Netherlands about obstetric fistulas and their treatment in Nigeria. Includes details about the history of this complication and the money and resources needed to adequately treat it across Africa. (Published 2002-03-01 00:00:00)
  • UN Chronicle - Obstetric Fistula: Life Shattering But Preventable Very long essay with many statistics. (Published 2005-01-01 00:00:00)

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