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Women affected by fistula neeed support -Miss World

Ajah Kiir, the former Miss World 2016 from South Sudan is appealing to well-wishers, government and NGOs to support women affected by fistula.

Ajah Kiir said she was inspired by a young woman at Juba Teaching Hospital after she lost four births due to fistula.

“When I was crowned Miss World South Sudan, I used my crown to help women affected by Fistula,” Ms. Kiir said. “One day when I visited Juba Teaching Hospital, I found a young lady who lost almost four children due to fistula but she still looked strong and courageous. The lady inspired me to do something for such groups of women,” Ms. Kiir added.

She continued that this group of women needs to be supported mainly by their husband rather than abandoning their spouse saying that the NGOs and government also should also step in to support such women.

Miss world for South Sudan stressed that through her private funding, she has been able to provide sanitary pads to areas like Kwajok, Torit, and Warrap and Jonglei will be her next target.

It is reported that 60,000 women are living with fistula in South Sudan with large population are in the rural areas who believe that Fistula is a curse.

Obstetric fistula most commonly occurs among women who live in low-resource countries, who give birth without access to medical help. If a woman’s labor becomes obstructed, she could remain in unbearable pain for days before her baby is finally dislodged. Her baby will likely die with an obstetric fistula, a small hole created by constant pressure from the fetus, which renders her inconsistent.

A woman with fistula is too often rejected by her husband and pushed out of her village due to her foul smell.

By Mandela Nelson Denis

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