News Deeply article by Amy Fallon about the suffering more than 70,000 Bangladeshi women face due to obstetric fistula. Read the full article at News Deeply below: The Unsung Struggle to End the ‘Curse’ of Fistula in Bangladesh – Women & Girls COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – For almost 45 years, Fatema Khatun suffered one of…
By the time Jahanara got a C-section, her baby had died. A few days after leaving the hospital, she began leaking urine. Thankfully, after only seven months someone from the district hospital in Cox’s Bazar told her about fistula and the availability of free treatment at HOPE Hospital. This health care worker contacted the supervisor at HOPE Hospital, who in turn contacted Jahanara and arranged for her immediate transport to the hospital.
The team at HOPE Hospital operated on Jahanara and was able to successfully repair her fistula. She has now returned home with her husband and the young couple is looking forward to the future. Jahanara is a wonderful example of the power of community outreach, which increases awareness about fistula and helps women access treatment in a timely manner.
- Population: 168,957,745
- Average Births per Woman: 2.45
- Female Literacy: 58.5%
- Population Living in Poverty: 43.3% (less than $1.25/day)