September 2014 Update: The Danja Fistula Center has operated on over 450 women since surgeries first began in 2012.
A preventative program for obstetric fistula injury was started in June 2013 reaching 86 villages. Transportation is provided for women in prolonged labor to take them to the city hospital where they can obtain a Caesarean section if needed. We have 172 volunteers at these villages who work with our coordinator who makes several trips to the villages each month.Thank you for all your prayers to make this ministry happen. We couldn’t do it without you!
THE PROBLEM IS MUCH BIGGER:
An estimated 100,000 women and girls suffer from obstetric fistulas in Niger Republic, with arppund 8,000 new cases a year. Childbirth at a young age and malnutrition predispose adolescent girls to developing fistulas. In Niger more than one-third of girls ages 15 to 19 have already been pregnant and/or have children. Niger has both the highest fertility rate and one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. While significant strides have been made toward combating obstetric fistula, the scope of the problem remains immense.
SIM Niger partners with Worldwide Fistula Fund. They operate a new surgical center which offers short- and long-term services to women suffering from fistula. WFF plans to replicate this Center in other developing nations of the world.
WHAT’S A FISTULA?
What is fistula? Fistula is an internal injury that occurs during difficult or obstructed labor when a woman doesn’t have access to proper medical care. The vaginal injury hinders a woman’s ability to “hold” her urine or feces. Instead, her waste leaks or flows out freely. Terrified, ashamed and often grieving the loss of a stillborn child, fistula sufferers are cast out of their marriages and homes. They are unable to work, socialize or even feed themselves. As one might expect, this condition is so devastating that it can lead to severe depression and even suicide. Fistula and its horrible aftermath often strike the youngest mothers—ages 12, 13, or 14—whose pelvises are not large enough to pass their babies through. Fistula has devastating effects on a woman’s physical, psychological and emotional health.
Danja Fistula Center still needs $1,689,417 to complete it’s first five-year programme to:
- provide care for 2,500 women with fistula, and 1000 per year after that
- train at least 30 doctors from Niger and other African countries in fistula repair
- run its community-based programmes to help prevente obstructed labor (the major cause of fistula)
Donate here and quote Danja Fistula Project #97516