Reps. Maloney, Castle introduce bill to prevent and treat obstetric fistula
“Women around the world are needlessly suffering from the horrors of obstetric fistula. The World Health Organization estimates that between 50,000-100,000 new cases of obstetric fistula develop each year, adding to the estimated 2 million current cases-- yet this condition is almost entirely preventable, and treatable in 90% of cases when it does occur,” Rep. Maloney said. “My bill will help ease the suffering of women suffering with obstetric fistula and demonstrate the United States’ commitment to the health of women and children around the world.”
“I am pleased to be working with Rep. Maloney on this maternal health
initiative, which will help address the avoidable agony caused by
obstetric fistula," Rep. Castle said. "By focusing on a coordinated and
locally relevant approach to prevention and treatment, we can improve
the health of women and children around the globe and give them a chance
at living full and productive lives.”
The bill supports a comprehensive approach to end obstetric fistula – prevention to eliminate occurrences, treatment to repair those women who already suffer, and rehabilitation to help those recovering fully heal and reenter society. It focuses on efforts to build local capacity and improve national systems to prevent and treat obstetric fistula.
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Complete text of the legislation may be found here.