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Fistula Hospital: Facing the future
We look towards the future as we follow the people working on Fistula prevention.
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2011 11:12

Across the developing world, millions of women live with a debilitating medical condition borne out of poverty. Obstetric Fistula is caused by prolonged labour that, without suitable medical intervention, tears a hole in the woman's birth canal, allowing body wastes to leak. Without treatment, the woman is often isolated from her family and community.

The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia treats 1,300 women a year. The final film in our Fistula series looks towards the future as we follow the people working on Fistula prevention. 

FROM THE FILMMAKER:

'In the southern Ethiopian town of Yirgalem we met health officer Ato Amare. He has the difficult task of going out into the villages to identify Fistula sufferers and to bring them in for treatment. He was just one of the incredible Ethiopian men we met who are working to make women's lives better.'

Lara Akeju

Click here to watch the first and the second part of our Fistula series. 

 Maternal health is about more than just mothers and babies. Across the globe  the very business of delivering life into the world is determined by power, politics  and, all too frequently, poverty. 

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Source:
Al Jazeera
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