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Obstetric fistula camp organized by Kenyatta national hospital and partners in Nairobi, Kenya

Louise Mapleh Kpoto - Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya

by Lynn Gertiser

Obstetric fistula camp organized by Kenyatta national hospital and partners in Nairobi, Kenya - Louise Mapleh Kpoto

In this photo Dr. Louise Mapleh Kpoto begins screening patients for the repair of vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and rectovaginal (RVF) at the free obstetric fistula camp organized by Kenyatta national hospital and partners in Nairobi Kenya. The camp spanned two weeks from 4-18 July 2014, during which those with RVF and VVF received repairs at no cost.

Obstetric fistula, one of the most serious injuries of childbearing, is described as a hole that forms in the vagina or rectum and is caused by a prolonged labour without intervention.

It is estimated that more than 2 million young women live with untreated obstetric fistula in Asia and Africa alone. Prevention is the key to ending fistula.