Building Awareness of the Link Between Fistula and Gender-Based Violence

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By: Lindsay Mallick, Data Analyst, The DHS Program

In light of International Day to End Fistula on May 23, it is imperative to work towards minimizing occurrence of fistula by building awareness around conditions that contribute to and result from this morbidity. A study examining the relationship between fistula and violence conducted by the DHS program shows yet another disheartening correlation between gender-based violence and poor health outcomes for women. It provides even more impetus for training and sensitivity for women’s health care providers in this area…read more

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula: Ending Fistula Within a Generation

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By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

In honor of today, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, we’ve compiled resources related to obstetric fistula, a serious and tragic health condition that impacts the lives of women and families around the world. The maternal health community can support this year’s theme of ending fistula within a generation by promoting universal access to high quality emergency obstetric care, treatment, and social support…read more