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Fistula Foundation

Our mission is to raise awareness of and funding for fistula treatment, prevention, and educational programs worldwide.

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Speaking from personal experience, being a new mom is tough. Your body has gone through so much and yet you have this little baby relying on you for comfort and nourishment at all hours of the day and night. Some women, including myself, are left with permanent damage to their bodies following childbirth, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. 

I was fortunate enough to have access to a surgery that provided me relief. Many women, especially in low-income countries, aren’t so lucky. When a mother has a prolonged, obstructed labor but doesn’t have access to emergency medical care, such as a C-section, an obstetric fistula can occur. Today, at least one million women in Africa and Asia needlessly suffer from untreated obstetric fistula. 

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Loice Masikonte, Fistula Survivor
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Loice Masikonte is a young Maasai woman from Narok County, Kenya where early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and home deliveries are the norm. However, after living through the horrors of obstetric fistula, Loice is determined to create a better future for herself and the women in her community.

Loice was orphaned at a young age, and moved in with an uncle who forbade her from going to school. She was married off to an older man at the age of 17, and began bearing children right away. Her third pregnancy ended in a traumatic, obstructed labor that lasted for two days. Miraculously, her baby survived—but Loice was left with a complex fistula, and began leaking stool uncontrollably.



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