Campaign to End Fistula
Publisher/Organizer: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Publication date: 2003
- Full details on the international campaign to end Fistula
- Full details on the Fight Fistula campaign, Ethiopia
This campaign is an international effort that currently covers some 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and some Arab States. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched the campaign in 2003 in response to an emerging body of evidence on the negative impact of obstetric fistula on women's lives. UNFPA is motivated by the belief that fistula is an issue of rights and equality and an effective entry point into strengthening women's reproductive health and furthering gender equity, helping support achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. To that end, the Campaign includes interventions to prevent fistula from occurring, to treat women who are affected, and to help women who have undergone treatment return to full and productive lives, with the ultimate goal of making fistula as rare in the developing world as it is in industrialised countries today. Contact: Campaign to End Fistula
Fight Fistula! Campaign - Ethiopia
This campaign, initiated under the German Foundation for World Population’s (DSW) Youth-to-Youth programme, intends to reach both men and women in East and West Gojam in Ethiopia. The project uses trained nurses and former fistula sufferers, who are trained as peer educators, to reach people in the region with reproductive heath information and improved health facilities. The project involves home-to-home visits, peer-to-peer learning in youth clubs, and mass edutainment.