According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 50,000 to 100,000 women are diagnosed with obstetric Fistula worldwide every year. Most of these cases can be treated with surgery.
Obstetric Fistula is a complication of prolonged and obstructive childbirth labor, which has a devastating impact on women's health. The injury that caused the person to lose control over the blood flow and bowel movements can lead to further complications if left untreated.
Many Tanzanian women suffer from this condition due to negligence on the part of their families and communities after giving birth.
Christina James, from Kahama, a town in the Shinyanga area of Northwest Tanzania, traveled over 900 km to the CCBRT hospital in search of treatment for an obstetric Fistula. James urges all women to seek medical help as soon as they experience any symptoms of obstetric fistula post-delivery and not to rely on others for treatment.
Doctors in the nation also want to sensitize women about their health issues and encourage them to seek treatment.