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For These Women, Survival Is Just the Start: More than two million women in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are estimated to be living with fistula, and an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 new cases develop annually. Yet the condition is almost entirely preventable, and its continuance is a sign of inequality for the world’s most vulnerable women and girls.

USAID is restoring a sense of empowerment in these women and girls who are survivors of tribal, class, and caste prejudice. After nearly 15 years of fistula work, USAID is excited to acknowledge a number of historic results and milestone accomplishments by celebrating the people our work empowers.

What Is Obstetric Fistula?
Obstetric fistula is an injury caused by prolonged labor without medical intervention or cesarean section. A fistula is a hole that develops between the birth canal and one or more of a woman’s internal organs, and results in chronic, uncontrollable leakage of urine and/or feces.

Obstetric fistula is most common among young women experiencing their first pregnancy, particularly in regions where early marriage is the norm, and with adolescent girls whose pelvises are not yet fully developed. However, it can occur in older women and those who have successfully given birth previously.

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For These Women, Survival Is Just the Start: More than two million women in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are estimated to be living with fistula, and an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 new cases develop annually. Yet the condition is almost entirely preventable, and its continuance is a sign of inequality for the world’s most vulnerable women and girls.

For These Women, Survival Is Just the Start: More than two million women in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are estimated to be living with fistula, and an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 new cases develop annually. Yet the condition is almost entirely preventable, and its continuance is a sign of inequality for the world’s most vulnerable women and girls.