Obstetric fistula happens most frequently in rural areas, where emergency medical care is not easily accessible. A woman’s risk of developing fistula is also exacerbated by cultural misunderstanding about doctors and surgery. Madagascar faces both of these challenges: its infrastructure is poor, which can make travel to the hospital complicated and dangerous. Also, there is…
At the tender age of 15, Felana* got pregnant. She suffered a prolonged obstructed labor, and by the time her stillborn baby was delivered, she had developed obstetric fistula.
She is married, but after five years of suffering from the incontinence caused by her fistula, it was her father who decided to take her from their home to SALFA’s hospital in Morondava to get treatment. Her fistula was very complex, but doctors were able to successfully treat her fistula.
Today, Felana is healed. Our partners at SALFA shared that when she departed the hospital dry, she was optimistic and full of hope for her new future that lies ahead.
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- Population: 24,430,325
- Average Births per Woman: 4.12
- Female Literacy: 62.6%
- Population Living in Poverty: 75.3% (less than $1.25/day)