Campaign on Fistula Brings Renewed Hope for Rural Nigerian Women

August 8, 2018

(Reuters) – For four years, Nigerian mother Mariam Saraki has been unable to hold back urine after a complicated labor led to a vaginal fistula. Ashamed and isolated, it has cost her a husband and a community.  Saraki suffered the fistula, a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum, after spending four days in labor at home trying to deliver her second child before being taken to hospital. She says she washes all the time but it doesn’t help.

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