Obstetric fistula

One of the most severe and tragic childbirth injuries affecting an estimated 72,000 women across Bangladesh is Obstetric Fistula. A child birth injury caused by prolonged and obstructed labour without treatment which leads to a hole between the birth canal and bladder or rectum. It leaves women leaking urine, faeces or both, and often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation and deepening poverty.

One of the most severe and tragic childbirth injuries affecting an estimated 72,000 women across Bangladesh is Obstetric Fistula. A child birth injury caused by prolonged and obstructed labour without treatment which leads to a hole between the birth canal and bladder or rectum. It leaves women leaking urine, faeces or both, and often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation and deepening poverty.

Obstetric fistula is however preventable, its persistence is a sign that the health system is not yet protecting the health and rights of the most vulnerable girls and women adequately. Without emergency intervention, obstructed labour can last for days, resulting in death or severe disability. Without the needed timely, high-quality treatment, the obstruction can cut off blood supply to tissues in the woman’s pelvis. The dead tissue falls away leaving behind a hole.

Tragically in a majority of cases women who develop this condition end up delivering a stillborn baby.

UNFPA works with national parnters to improve:

  • Treatment and rehabilitation services for Obstetric Fistula (OF)
  • Dedicated fistula operation team at all medical college hospitals