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Over 60,000 women suffer from fistula-UNFPA

UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, Ms Ashley Judd speaks to the press in Juba on Monday July 2nd, 2018 (Kitab Unango):

By Kitab A Unango

There are more than 60,000 South Sudanese women who suffer from fistula cases; the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador Ms Ashley Judd has revealed.

Ms Judd said the disease was often caused by prolonged birth labour that usually happened to young girls whose body were not mature to produce.

She added that most young girls get married before they were mature enough to produce and they ended up getting the fistula, adding that women with poor family planning were also liable to suffer the same consequent.

“There are more than 60,000 women in South Sudan who are suffering from fistula because they give birth by chance not by choice. There is need to educate our women and young girls to consider family planning so that they can protect themselves from getting unwanted pregnancy and the fistula,” Ms Judd said.

Child marriage is one of the common phenomena in South Sudan. Recently the Ministry of Gender Child and Social Welfare launched Strategic National Action Plan (SNAP) to end child marriage by 2030.

However, Ms Judd further said that most people in South Sudan did not consider family planning because some of them wanted to produce to replace those who have died during the war.

“Some women do not know about family planning. They think their role is to produce children as much as they can and they do not without know producing many children could lead to death,” she said.

“Others say they want to produce to replace those who died during the war,” said Ms Judd.

Dr. Mary Otieno, UNFPA Country Representative said her organisation wants to end unmet need for family planning, maternal death, violence and harmful practices against women and girls.

She said that UNFPA would achieve that through securing reproductive health care for women and young girls and providing life-saving help for pregnant women by ensuring reliable access to modern contraceptives.






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