Battle to Treat Madagascar Women for Debilitating Fistula

May 23, 2018

(Medical Xpress) – Obstetric fistula refers to the rupturing of tissue between the vagina and the bladder or rectum after prolonged, obstructed labour or, less commonly, violent rape. The condition typically results in urinary or faecal incontinence. Madagascar is one of the worst-hit countries, with 4,000 women affected every year. An estimated two million female patients have the condition worldwide—most of them in developing countries. It has been nearly eliminated in Western countries due to improved obstetric care and the use of caesarean delivery.