Campaign to End Fistula
Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating injuries to occur during childbirth. It is a hole that forms between the birth canal and bladder that leads to continuous, uncontrollable flow of urine and sometimes faeces. Women with uncontrolled urine flow are often shunned by their families and communities, condemned to lead isolated lives as outcasts. Obstetric fitula is an appaling condition in every way. An estimated 2 million women in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab region, and Latin America and the Caribbean are living with this injury, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year.
The good news is that fistula is almost entirely preventable. Iceland has supported the Campaign to End Fistula for a decade now and on Friday it co-hosted a side-event on the fringes of the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Below you will find a Huffington Post interview with Natalie Imbruglia, Ambassador to the Fistula Campaign, together with the welcoming remarks of Iceland's Ambassador Eyjólfsson.