Safiya was married at the age of 15 to a man of 46 years and became pregnant the following year. She had labor for three (3) days before she was rushed to the hospital unconscious. Finally it took them five – six (5-6) hours for two (2) cows to pull her with her family’s wooden cart to the nearest hospital, which is more than 10 miles away, unfortunately the hospital had no physicians, because they went on strike. We had to wait another two days, to get emergency caesarean section. The following day she discovered that she could not control her urine, she said, “I was dumbfounded”. As a solution she had to wait for as long as 8 hours before allowing her self a sif of water. She said “people run from me, my husband sent me away, even members of my own family run from me, I was usually shunned by neighbors, nobody talk to me because I was accused of killing my own child. Nobody visit me, I stayed indoor for three years. I was even too ashamed to step out of my hut". She said it is great to be with other girls who understand what I’m going through. We tell each other about our problem and about how things were after we developed fistula. When I saw all Fistula patients on the ward I realized that this is a big problem. Why did no one ever tell us about this before? If I had known about Fistula, may be I could have prevented it, or at lease I would have come here sooner.
With the support of our Donor, Fistula Foundation Nigeria provides free Surgical and empowerment Support to Fistula patients to ensure hope and dignity for African women and girls who have being suffering and hidden for years due to stigma and uncertainty
Fistula Foundation Nigeria is fully committed in the area of Prevention, Repairs, reintegration Counseling,and follow-ups for Fistula patients and community education on Fistula and safe motherhood.
Advocacy to key actors in the community
Organising surgical Mission
Post operative counseling
On rehabilitation Counseling
During final discharge
We are actively involve in assisting VVF patients, even after successful repairs, continued education, training on income generated activities is essential until they re-gain their psychological fitness as well as socio economic status.
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