International Day to End Obstetric Fistula - 23 May

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International-Day-to-End-Obstetric-Fistula---23-MayInternational Day to End Obstetric Fistula is observed on 23 May.

An Overview of the News

  • Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal and it develops when a woman experiences obstructed labour for a long time without medical intervention.

  • Obstetric fistula causes lifelong physical and social problems for women.

  • Advocacy to increase investment in maternal health care is encouraged.

  • Access to quality obstetric care is emphasised.

  • The ultimate goal is elimination of the obstetric fistula.

History of International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

  • International Day to End Obstetric Fistula was established on May 23, 2013.

  • It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly and the day aims to raise awareness about obstetric fistula.

  • It promotes actions for the prevention, treatment and elimination of the condition.

  • The Campaign to End Fistula was launched in 2003 by UNFPA and its partners.

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