Exploring the Psychosocial Effects of Obstetric Fistula among Women in Kenya

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Women in the global south continue to experience the pain of Obstetric Fistula (OF), despite the increased use of new technologyin the health sector. Obstetric Fistula is a medical condition in which a hole develops between the rectum and vagina (recto-vaginal
fistula) or between the bladder and vagina (vesico-vaginal fistula) after a long and
obstructed childbirth where medical care is not available. The World Health Organization shows that 50,000 to 100,000 women globally develop obstetric fistula each year. In the SubSaharanAfrica, about two million women have the condition with about 75000 new cases developing yearly. In Kenya, approximately 1% of women suffer from chronic illness due unavailable medical care. This causes untold suffering and stigma among the affected women. This paper

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