Lack of specialists hinders treatment of fistula cases

Kenya is struggling with a low number of specialists to handle fistula cases. An estimated 3,000 obstetric fistula cases are reported annually, but only a third receive treatment due to lack of specialists.

Rosa Mboga is one of the lucky ones. She started passing urine involuntarily after prolonged labour that resulted in a still birth. The 21-year-old mother from Warianda in Siaya County, recounts her experience.

“The baby died hours after birth, and two months later, my husband chased me away after realising that I had a small hole in my private parts that was taking long to heal.”

The young mother is one of many women from low-income households who suffer from untreated fistula after prolonged and obstructed labour.