According to the Hamlin Fistula International, fistula is the most devastating of all childbirth injuries: “Women who develop fistulae are often abandoned by their husbands, rejected by their communities and forced to live an isolated existence.” They work at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, and the trailer for the documentary Lighting a Candle that highlights the work they do is below.
The Fistula Foundation believes that no woman should have to suffer a life of shame and isolation. Their goal is to raise awareness and eradicate fistula in developing countries just as it has been in the developed world.
Another excellent (though longer) video about fistula is “A Walk to Beautiful,” from PBS’s NOVA series – available on YouTube. A must see!