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Jan 24, 2024

 Fistula Film 

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This short film has been made to raise awareness, reduce stigma about fistula, and highlight the devastating impact fistula has on women who live with this condition. The goal is to make life better and safer for women giving birth and to prevent fistula from happening in the first place. The film is a call to action to improve access to maternal care including quality, safe, timely, and affordable surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care—and promote safe motherhood for all.

What is Fistula ? Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury in which an abnormal opening forms between a woman’s bladder and vagina or between the rectum and the vagina as a result of prolonged obstructed labor, resulting in continuous urinary or stool leakage. This condition is rare in high-income countries due to readily available obstetric care, while it continues to plague women in low resource settings. Estimates suggest that at least 2 million women have unrepaired obstetric fistula in low-income countries.

Goal The goal of this film is to enhance public, national, and international awareness, raising the priority of women’s reproductive health for low resource countries, expanding access to emergency obstetric and surgical services, and supporting holistic and high-quality obstetric fistula care for all who need it. The film is particularly timely given recent WHO data in 2023 showing that maternal deaths have increased or stagnated in nearly all regions of the world in the last 20 years, and continued staggering gaps in access to surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care.

The film will also decrease the stigma imposed on women living with fistula through awareness. Finally, with increasing migration of women to high resource countries due to global instability from conflict, climate change, pandemic etc, it is critical that the medical community in high resource countries is educated and prepared to care for these women.