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Noor Jahan suffered obstetric fistula for almost 50 years. Now she smiles again after a surgery. Photo: UNPF

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Suffering in Silence: Obstetric Fistula in Asia

The reports from Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan highlight the efforts in treating fistula through the stories of women who endured and overcame the condition.

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Fistula in Africa song

Baay Bia (from Senegal), in collaboration with the Fistula Foundation, produced this song featuring Adiona Maboreke (Zimbabwe), Alvina Gachugu (Kenya), Roseliane Vavy (Madagascar), Wendy Harawa (Malawi) and Mamadou Deme (Mauritania) for the fistula awareness campaign.

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Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau is recovering well from an obstetric fistula operation she underwent at the National Fistula Centre, a UNFPA-funded clinic in Niamey, Niger.

Niger’s girls find sanctuary in fistula treatment centres

Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau took shelther at the National Fistula Centre in the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Niger. She can consider herself amongst the lucky women who have been treated for and survived an obstetric fistula condition.

Monica Kaleso, fistula's survivor

From social outcast to future teacher

Monica Kaleso loved to go to school. She studied hard and never missed class. Her dream of becoming a medical doctor was on course until 2013, when, at the age of 17, she began a relationship with a man from the same village of Kadammanja.

Ramatou took a stand when her parents arranged a marriage for her last year. She protested, and after her mentor and the local imam intervened, her parents relented.

16 girls, 16 stories of resistance

Every day, tens of thousands of girls are married before reaching their 18th birthday. An early pregnancy could increase their risk of suffering obstetric fistula. Many of them stay strong in the fight. These 16 extraordinary girls refused to become child brides.