Thousands of young women in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from fistulas, devastating obstetric and violence-related injuries, tragically resulting in chronic incontinence. Not only do these women and girls often lose their infants during obstructed labors, they are shunned by their communities and families for the rest of their lives.
Routine surgery can cure this problem, but access has been virtually non-existent to remote populations, especially in the Lake Tanganyika basin…until now.
This October, the LTFHC will conduct a fistula repair outreach in Rukwa, Tanzania — the first of its kind in the basin — restoring dignity for many Tanzanian and Congolese women who live along the lakeshore. This outreach will consist of much more than surgical fistula repair.