Kenyan women receive $2m fistula boost

Donation from Japanese pharmaceutical firm will allow 1,200 women to have life-transforming surgery to cure incontinence

BY Katy Migiro in Nairobi for Thomson Reuters Foundation, part of the Guardian Development Network

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A $2m (£1.2m) donation will help Kenyan surgeons give more than 1,000 women life-transforming surgery to cure incontinence caused by fistula and will train more specialists to perform the operation.

Two million women worldwide live with fistula, a devastating childbirth injury caused by prolonged labour without access to caesarian section. Tissue dies due to pressure from the baby’s head and a hole forms through which urine or faeces leak.

Between 3,000 and 7,000 Kenyan women develop fistula each year, according to surgeon Hillary Mabeya, and only 666 received treatment in 2011, according to the Global Fistula Map. Kenya has a backlog estimated at somewhere between 30,000 and 300,000 cases, according to Human Rights Watch.

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