Like the majority of American women, you have probably never heard of an obstetric fistula; that’s because they have been virtually non-existent in this country since the early 1900s. It is a devastating childbirth complication that leaves women with a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder.
In Uganda, Africa, on the other hand, approximately 1900 women develop the problem annually, and that’s where the Uganda Fistula Fund comes in.
Dr. Karen Swenson, one of our caring obgyns, brought this wonderful organization to our attention, and we thought our patients might want to learn more about it. The Uganda Fistula Fund has this mission:
“To support quality surgical treatment and social reintegration to thousands of Ugandan women suffering from obstetric fistula.”1
Part of that mission involves building a hospital in Soroti, Uganda. This would enable organizers to provide life-changing surgical treatment to 1000 women annually. In addition, they will be able to provide pre- and post-surgical care, as well as counseling. These women also need help reintegrating back into their communities from which they have been isolated and ostracized.