Virtually unheard of in wealthier nations, obstetric fistulas (a hole in the birth canal) is caused by prolonged, obstructed labor. Many women who experience an obstetric fistula suffer from incontinence, shame, social isolation and health problems. It is estimated that more than 2 million young women live with untreated obstetric fistulas in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Uganda has been reported to have the third-highest rate of fistulas in the world. Although fistulas can be fixed through surgery, many women in rural areas don't know what they are suffering from and do not have the money to travel to a hospital for treatment.
Uganda Village Project (UVP) heals women with fistulas in eastern Uganda by facilitating their repair surgery and following up to ensure a safe recovery. UVP is dedicated to finding women who need the surgery and paying for them to get treatment, including a ride to and from the treatment. Besides helping women access surgery, UVP educates communities about the childbirth risks associated with obstetric fistulas and how to best prevent fistulas.
You can help. Every donation goes towards helping women get this vital surgery.
Report from the Field
Donors like you helped offer surgeries for 20 women in February of 2017. With your help, Uganda Village project provided transport, food, and other hospital costs as well as follow up appointments. One of the women helped in this period was Kaudha Nola. Five months before being aided, Kaudha suffered a difficult labor and had a stillborn child. The intensive labor resulted in an obstetric fistula. She became isolated, wasn't able to attend community events or be social and became disempowered and depressed. The fistula camp gave Kaudha a community of caretakers that welcomed her and understood her situation. Her surgery was successful and she had an easy recovery. Kaudha has completely transformed: her depressed demeanor replaced with a charismatic energy:
"I am so very happy. I feel like every part of my body is okay now. In the past I would go to the banana plantation with a mat and sit there alone all day and then at night come home and sleep because I didn;t want to associate with people. . . But now I can sit anywhere and move around without fear of leaking or smelling or something happening. I go to church, I eat with my friends, I am part of the community again. I feel free". — Kaudha (pictured left)
Uganda Village Project facilitates health and community well being in rural Uganda. We work at a village-by-village level to improve health through better access, education, and prevention.
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