The Nation on 11 December reported that UNFPA in Malawi conducted a fistula camp at Thyolo hospital. According to UNFPA, every minute, one woman dies and another 20 suffer from a devastating disability, including obstetric fistula. Fistula is prevalent where maternal death is highest, especially where emergency obstetric care, referral systems and infrastructure are poor.
UNFPA Malawi Reproductive Health Officer Grace Hiwa said 53 women had their fistulas repaired during the camp held in Thyolo. In 2011, 107 women were repaired in Malawi with the assistance of UNFPA. Hiwa said UNFPA also funds a project at Nkhoma Hospital in Lilongwe where women are constantly repaired.
According to the UNFPA, research findings show that obstetric fistula is excessively high where women lack education, economic autonomy, decision-making power and access to appropriate reproductive health services, including emergency obstetric care. Furthermore, maternal health is closely linked to social context and cultural norms and behaviours. Read in English: The Nation