Usually the result of complications during delivery, a fistula is an opening between the bladder and the vagina, or between the rectum and the vagina. Women become incontinent, and are often shunned from their societies and families as a result. They can also suffer additional medical consequences. Access to pre-natal care and interventions to assist with complicated labor, including C-sections are essential to preventing fistulas.

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In Jigawa state, MSF teams have been offering emergency obstetric care and fistula repair surgery.

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Treating Fistula in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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