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10 facts on obstetric fistula

A woman undergoing surgery
Yanina Manolova

Fact 9

Patients with uncomplicated fistulae can undergo a simple surgery to repair the hole in their bladder or rectum. The treatment cures up to 90% of obstetric fistula patients. However, since 2003 only 12 000 women in over 45 countries have received obstetric fistula treatment in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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