by Chi ibe
According to the Fistula Foundation, Obstetric Fistula the most common type of Vesico Vaginal Fistula, is the most devastating of all childbirth injuries. An obstetric fistula develops when blood supply to the tissues of the vagina and the bladder (and/or rectum) is cut off during prolonged obstructed labor. The tissues die and a hole forms through which urine and/or faeces pass uncontrollably. Women who develop fistulas are often abandoned – left to live in isolation.
In the new edition of Poise Magazine, actress Stephanie Okereke draws attention to Vesico Vaginal Fistula, sharing the passionate work she’s been putting in to improve the lives of victims of VVF in collaboration with first ladies in Northern Nigeria where VVF is prevalent.