- Preventing Fistula Saves Lives. This is the theme of the United Nations Population Fund’s global Campaign to End Fistula. The Population Fund, or UNFPA, is marking the 10th anniversary of this drive by declaring May 23 to be International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Here at Edna Hospital, we’ve been involved in the fight against obstetric fistula for years, so we’re honored that the UNFPA has asked Edna to be its partner in celebrating the first ever Fistula Day in Somaliland.
Obstetric fistula, while virtually unknown in the US and Europe, is one of the most devastating – and preventable – conditions faced by women in developing countries. An obstetric fistula is caused when a woman suffers with obstructed labor for a prolonged period of time, often days, without access to a medical professional who can perform a caesarian section or provide other medical relief.