Here is another informative article from the World Wide Fistula Fund on OT and obstetric fistula ‘Occupational Therapy and Obstetric Fistula’. The guest writer for this blog was Dr. Cambey Mikush, a recent graduate from Washington University in St. Louis with a doctorate in Occupational Therapy.
Whilst not related to whats really happening in developed countries, it is interesting to see that the younger generation are highlighting the plight of women with OF.
As always I will continue to advocate for women in developed countries and contact the guest writers to let them know we exist.
Although the World Wide Fistula Fund is for women suffering from obstetric fistula in developing countries, there are still some great guests who blog on a regular basis.
Loran Hollander is a WWF Fund Rehabilitation Officer and she has recently written a blog on ‘Overcoming patient fear to improve fistula recovery’. Well worth the read. The plight of women suffering from obstetric fistula is no less different regardless of whether you live in developed or developing countries.
Loran is a seasoned Physical Therapist and clinical instructor at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco and an International Women’s Health Consultant for Women’s ACTION Initiative nonprofit organization.
Thanks Loran for highlighting the difficulties of the often forgotten psychological impact of the surgery itself and the fear that comes afterwards.
While you are there have a look at the work that WWF Fund does for women worldwide at http://worldwidefistulafund.org
One of our lovely members has created a natural barrier salve perfect for ladies suffering from painful skin conditions as a result of an obstetric fistula.
Fistulas are not only are a nuisance for those suffering with a fistula, but they can be very painful due to the effect the fluid has on the skin over a long period of time. To help alleviate this and to protect your skin from further burning, a barrier salve is recommended. Amy’s salve has essential oils to cool and sooth your skin, as well as preventing further skin damage. Even better it is natural!
Her business name is AmandaRoseSoaps and she has a shop on Etsy. You can go direct to her page by clicking here.
American Congressman Carolyn Maloney from New York City has just introduced legislation, “The Obstetric Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope and Dignity Restoration Act of 2010,” H.R. 5441, which would authorize funding to prevent and treat women suffering from obstetric fistula in developing countries.
We are concerned that the legislation is almost a word-for-word copy of the 2012 United Nations report which incorrectly stated that obstetric fistula is eradicated in developed countries.
Christy (USA) Founder of the ‘Living with Obstetric Fistula’ group on Facebook
Quite clearly this is incorrect. OperationHopefistula is testament to the 100’s of women from USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific and Indonesia who continue to suffer recto-vaginal and vesico-vaginal fistulas by their doctors/surgeons/obstetricians/midwives.
In fact, America leads the way with the highest number of women suffering from obstetric fistula (statistics taken from all members past and present of Living with Obstetric Fistula group).
More than 3/4 of our members come from the USA. So tell me again Congressman Maloney, why create a bill to assist obstetric fistula patients overseas when 100’s of American residents suffer on your very own doorstep?
Here is an article written by Business Chicks in 2012 about my experience with Obstetric Fistula. You can read it here: http://businesschicks.com.au/articles/featured/light-at-the-ned-of-a-tunnel
In 2012 the United Nations put out a report stating that Obstetric Fistula has been eradicated in developed countries. It was a pretty arrogant statement considering the women I had met and spoken to since 2011 who have suffered this debilitating condition and the fact that the UN offered no explanation as to how they came to this conclusion.
So it was for precisely this reason that this website was born. As a journalist and OF sufferer I was pretty incensed by the UNs comments, so much so that I created this website as a result. Since then I have been gathering data on women with OF in developed countries – where they are from, how the OF occurred – and compiled this information into a spreadsheet.
Today I am releasing numbers on the top six developed countries with Obstetric Fistula. You be the judge as to whether this condition has been eradicated or not.