We Can End This Devastating Childbirth Injury

Obstetric fistula occurs mostly among women and girls living in extreme poverty, especially those far from medical services.

Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged, obstructed labor. It leaves women incontinent and often leads to chronic medical problems, depression, social isolation and deepening poverty.

Through the Campaign to End Fistula, UNFPA works to prevent and treat fistula and to rehabilitate fistula survivors so they can rejoin their communities. The coalition of organizations active in the campaign is present in more than 50 countries and has directly supported 85,000 surgical repairs for women and girls.

2 MillionWomen

live with untreated fistula

50,000 to 100,000New cases

of obstetric fistula develop annually

39,217Fistula repair surgeries

from 2014-2016, supported by UNFPA’s Campaign to End Fistula

UNFPA’s Work to End Fistula

UNFPA helps fistula survivors reclaim their lives. See the impact of this crucial work.


A new partnership between Friends of UNFPA and FreeWill

Click here to establish your vision for the future. We at Friends of UNFPA are so appreciative of your ongoing

Partnering with traditional birth attendants to reach Afro-descendant and indigenous women in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia – “Colombia is a multicolored country, with varied customs, practices, and celebrations… Within that level of inclusion, we need

Ask the Expert: Representative Chrissy Houlahan

In June 2021, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) introduced the Support UNFPA Funding Act to the House of Representatives. An advocate of women’s empowerment and

New Moms, No Matter What

UNFPA provides crucial care to pregnant women, like prenatal care and safe delivery. But did you know that UNFPA also

Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in Brazil this Mother’s Day

BAHIA STATE, Brazil – Carol was 21 when she left home in Belo Horizonte in search of a life purpose. She

UNFPA Around the World: Washington D.C.

Friends of UNFPA Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Seller, spoke with UNFPA Washington D.C. Director, Sarah Craven, about the joy of

Ask the Expert: Activist Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts is a former educator and tennis coach and a lifelong champion of UNFPA, gender equality, and reproductive health

What You Didn’t Know About Teenage Pregnancy

*Please be advised that this article contains information on sexual and physical abuse toward children.  Every day, at least 20,000 girls

Friends of UNFPA 2019 Annual Report

Read the Friends of UNFPA 2019 Annual Report! In 2019, few of us knew the extent to which the COVID-19

Safe birth services save lives, prevent childbirth injury in Tanzania

BARIADI, United Republic of Tanzania – Midwife Nuriat Koku Mtumbi remembers the day in March well: “It was raining heavily and
Back To Top