Two are better than one!

Posted by sharon on Monday 5th September 2016

Eradicating obstetric fistula by 2020 is a team effort and two of our partners are leading the charge.

In 2014, the Ethiopian Government committed to eradicating the devastating childbirth injury, obstetric fistula by 2020. This is an enormous task, with an estimated 30,000 women still living with the condition, largely in rural and isolated areas. But with your help, we’re proud to be able to support two of the key organisations leading the charge: Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and Women and Health Alliance (WAHA).  Each day, your generous contributions are used to provide treatment, rehabilitation, reintegration and prevention for women who have lost everything.

Both Hamlin Fistula’s Hospital in the regional community of Metu, and WAHA’s hospital in Gondar provide free obstetric fistula surgeries to women desperately in need. Alga, 40, was one of those women:

“Around 20 years ago during my first delivery I had an obstructed and prolonged labor. This resulted in a fistula with fecal and urine incontinence. The worst for me was to not be able to attend any ceremony in my community. I couldn’t wear any new clothes because I would have destroyed them. Can you believe that I spent 20 years without going to a wedding or to the church? I even stopped eating and drinking fearing the leakage. I thought that this kind of medical repair was too expensive. But when I heard it was free in Gondar, I jumped on the opportunity.

For my future life I don’t expect anything more than to go to the ceremonies with my friends. I don’t need any husband; I am too old for that. I just want to sit with my friends without any fear and hope they will not laugh at me anymore.”

Alga was successfully operated on by WAHA’s Dr Muleta and returned home to her community shortly after.

Keep your eye out for our next blog - where you will learn all about WAHA - another one of our partner's leading the charge to eradicate obstetric fistula!

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