By: Habiba Cooper Diallo
Anafghat was a young girl from Tarbiyat, Niger who suffered an obstetric fistula, arguably the most devastating affliction known to humanity. It results from a prolonged, obstructed labour in which the baby is malpositioned in the uterus or the pelvis is to small to accommodate the passing of a baby. A tear eventually forms in the bladder or rectal wall of the distressed women as the baby struggles to come out. The child is usually stillborn while the mother develops urinary or fecal incontinence.
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