An obstetric fistula is an injury caused by prolonged obstructed labor. This injury is preventable when a woman has access to emergency surgical intervention, like a C-section. But in many developing countries and indeed most of Kenya, women often give birth at home, with limited access to medical help when they need it most. Many women suffer in isolation because of the odor and stigma. They are forgotten.
Dr Mabeya and his wife Carolyne co-founded Gynocare Fistula Hospital in Eldoret in the Rift Valley. Together with @Fistula_Foundation and seed funding from Astellas Pharma @astellas_rus they have changed the lives of many women not only through reconstructive surgery but with outreach workers who educate communities about fistula, and encourage women with fistula to come forward for help. Today, more than 3,400 women from 43 of Kenya's 47 counties have already been treated and more than 850,000 people have been reached through grassroots education efforts.
This image series looks at the issue of fistula in Africa, the on-going struggle for rural women who have little or no access to basic health care, and organisations, doctors and medical care facilities that come forward to help by providing training, funding, and life-changing reconstructive plastic surgery treatments.
Project for Fistula Foundation.