The World Health Organization has declared obstetric fistula “the single most dramatic aftermath of neglected childbirth.”
In Ethiopia last year there were 9,000 new cases of fistula.
World Vision and partner organization Healing Hands of Joy are joining together in a project that will help prevent other Ethiopian women from suffering this way. Women who have lived through obstetric fistula are being trained to become ambassadors for safe pregnancies and births, encouraging women to deliver only in health facilities, with trained assistants. Their voices will carry the authority of those who know from experience the hardship and heartbreak obstetric fistula can cause.
The three-year Safe Motherhood Ambassador and Fistula Prevention project is in seven World Vision community development areas in the Tigray and Amhara regions. This project aims to bring life-changing attention to a problem that has been neglected for too long because those suffering from fistula have remained hidden in their communities, afraid to call attention to their condition because of the stigma attached.
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