By Habiba Cooper Diallo
About 4 years ago, I was doing some online research on women’s health issues around the world, when a very compelling article in the Wall Street journal caught my attention. It headlined Anafghat Ayouba from Niger who was suffering an extremely tragic maternal health illness: obstetric fistula.
It is important that you understand this issue well in order for you to fully grasp its severity and affliction. Obstetric fistula is a childbirth-driven illness that affects about 2 million women worldwide. But even that is a very crude estimate, being that it afflicts women in the world’s most remote regions, hence some researchers estimate it to be around 3.5 million. It results from a prolonged, obstructed labour in which there is no emergency medical care intervention, for example, a caesarean section (C-Section).
Habiba Cooper Diallo
I am a Canadian fistula advocate and blogger, and the founder of the Women’s Health Organization International, WHOI. I have been doing fistula awareness-building in Canada for the past 10 years. My work on fistula has led me to Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, Ethiopia, and Sierra Leone. I have been featured in Forbes, the HuffPost, and UNFPA