Background

About 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. For every woman who dies of maternal related causes, it is estimated that at least 20 women experience a maternal morbidity, one of the most severe forms of which is obstetric fistula.

In its resolution A/RES/67/147, the General Assembly calls on the international community to use the International Day to significantly raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula. To prevent the recurrence of subsequent fistulas, the resolution also urges making post-surgery follow-up and tracking of fistula patients.

The resolution is supported by 150 Member States and was adopted unanimously.