MSF frequently publishes updates, press releases, and other forms of communication about its work in roughly 70 countries around the world. See the list below for the most recent updates or search by location, topic, or year.

May 20, 2015

Saturday, May 23, is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistulas. Every year, an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 women and girls develop a fistula. Though not immediately life-threatening, fistulas come with devastating health and social consequences. Our health care teams provide emergency obstetric care to prevent the occurrence of fistulas, while providing repair surgery to those with the condition in some areas.

March 04, 2015

Catrin Schulte-Hillen discusses Because Tomorrow Needs Her, MSF's multimedia project on global women's health. View external media.

February 27, 2015

"Because Tomorrow Needs Her" explores multiple health challenges affecting women.

May 23, 2013

Obstetric fistulas affect some two million women worldwide. MSF is training gynecologists to treat this devastating condition.

February 14, 2013

The only medical facility in Burundi providing free, comprehensive treatment for obstetric fistula may close due to a lack of trained medical staff

June 06, 2012

Giving birth in Somalia is incredibly dangerous, but it's made slightly less so by the huge efforts of MSF’s Somali staff. 

May 09, 2012

Trained with the aid of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Dr. Valentin Vadandi is one of the few experts in obstetric fistula surgery in the world.

April 12, 2012

Obstetric fistulas affect more than two million women around the world. MSF's fistula camp in Boguila treats women for this devastating child-bearing injury.

March 07, 2011

Obstetric fistulas, most often the result of prolonged obstructed labor, is an opening that occurs between the bladder and the vagina, or between the rectum and the vagina and causes a woman to become incontinent, among other devastating medical and social consequences. According to the UN, an estimated two million women live with fistulas today—about half of them in Nigeria.

March 04, 2011

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. In 2010, MSF teams operated on and treated about 1,000 women suffering from fistulas, in permanent structures and in "fistula camps." In November, MSF ran a fistula camp in Boguila, western Central African Republic.

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