Fighting fistula

Ajok Athian, 18 years old, recovering from a fistula repair surgery at Aweil State Hospital in Aweil, Northern Bhar El Ghazal, South Sudan. Ajok had complications on delivery when she was in her village, her baby died during birth and the only help she got was from a TBA (traditional birth attendant) who didn’t had the knowledge required causing her the fistula.
Patients recovering from a fistula repair surgery at Aweil State Hospital – South Sudan.
Women at the Aweil State Hospital after receiving fistula repair surgery.
Bakita Awein, 19 years old, at Aweil State Hospital in Aweil, South Sudan. Bakita is part of the more than 40 women’s who with the support of UNFPA received the fistula repair surgery. Bakita was on her first pregnancy when during labor her baby died and the fistula occurred.
Patient recovering from fistula surgery at the Aweil State Hospital in Aweil, Northern Bahr El Ghazal – South Sudan. UNFPA supported the action that made possible the reparation of more than 40 women’s.  Fistula survivors endure psychological trauma, depression, deteriorating health, increased vulnerability to poverty and social stigma from family and friends. Due to lack of access to treatment and associated isolation, many survivors tend to live with the condition for years or even decades.
Rebeka Abuk Kuol is a fistula survival she had the condition for more than 20 years. She was hit by a car in Kharthoum and suffered many injuries including the fistula. Often the only people who support a fistula survivor are the family members, Rebecca lost her husband and 8 of her 11 children.