International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Join us today, May 23rd to support the United Nation's International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Akola has partnered with the Uganda Fistula Fund for Terrewode to support the construction of the first women's fistula hospital in Uganda to help end the suffering from the worst of birth injuries. 
Photography by Lynne Dobson

After laboring for days, imagine how it feels to lose your baby and find yourself left with a devastating medical condition called obstetric fistula. Caused by obstructed labor without access to a caesarian section, this birth injury takes the life of the baby and leaves the mother with constant incontinence. Often ostracized from family and community, fistula leaves women subjected to a life of physical and mental anguish.

The Uganda Fistula Fund for Terrewode will build the first hospital in Uganda dedicated to improving reproductive health for the 200,000 impoverished women enduring the tragedy of fistula. 

Specialized reparative surgery will close the fistula, the hole caused by the unrelieved pressure of days-long labor. The tiny hole is due to compression and destruction of internal soft tissues in the walls of her reproductive and excretory systems. Surgical repair to close the hole and stop the leakage is her only hope and costs about $500 in Uganda. Terrewode's compassionate staff will also provide the necessary long-term recovery, rehab and rest for proper healing to restore a dignified, healthy life.