“I think that people need information. There is usually nobody to explain to us properly what the risks of delivering all alone are. How are women supposed to know about safe motherhood practices? We need to tell them.” Mamar, 18, a former fistula patient who is now using her experience to teach others about safe motherhood practices.
“Now that my fistula is repaired, I feel as if I was born again. From now on I will live a normal life, like any woman should live” These are the words of Mariam Douba, with whom we talked in the recovery room of the Center for Reproductive Health and Fistula Repair (CNSRF) in N'Djamena, Chad.
“I really appreciate the work that WAHA does for us, and I want to advice all women to regularly have check-ups during their pregnancy” Fatima Ali during her recovery at the Center for Reproductive Health in N'Djamena.
Fatima Ali, 40 years old.
“Today I can start a new life, after 25 years of exclusion while suffering of an obstetric fistula”
Moudka Jacqueline is 45 years old. In 2013 she was operated of an obstetric fistula at the Center for Reproductive Health and Fistula Repair (CNSRF) in Chad. She had lived with fistula for 25 years, a condition that isolated her and kept her away from all social contact within her community.
Moudka Jacqueline, 45 years old.
Pregnant the first time, Halima chose to have a traditional birth. A choice which unfortunately led to complications. After hours of labor, delivery was completed by caesarean section at Daynille hospital in Mogadishu. The child did not survive due to the difficulties related to the duration of labor and Halima developed a fistula . Sadly, her marriage also did not survive the ordeal.
Halima, 20 years old
“When the doctors told me they had to remove my uterus, it actually made me happy because it means I won’t be having any more children”
Kiya, 35 years old