An obstetric fistula occurs during an obstructed labor when emergency care is unavailable. Women suffering from obstructed labor often struggle until the baby dies. During this agonizing process loss of circulation causes tissue to die, leaving large gaps between the birth canal and bladder or rectum, causing incontinence.
Working together we can #EndFistula once and for all.
To do so, we must reach the approximately 2 million women living with obstetric fistula with inexpensive repair surgery through programs like Mercy Ships. And equally important, we must prevent pregnant women from developing obstetric fistulas by ensuring they receive high quality care during their pregnancies and deliveries.
Join this Twitter “chat at sea” to learn what is being done to treat and prevent fistula, and how critical these interventions are to improved maternal health.
How to Participate
Joining the #EndFistula Twitter chat at sea is easy. Just log on to Twitter at 1 pm ET on November 5, and search the hashtag #EndFistula. There you’ll see the full conversation, including questions from @KKelle29 and responses from participants.
Prior to the chat at sea, we will share questions so that you can prepare answers in advance. We encourage you to share the great work of your organization and your partners during the chat, including photos and links to blog posts, news articles, or other materials.