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The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula was celebrated today in Gondar under the theme “End fistula within a generation.”

During the occasion an overview was given by the Ministry of Health on the National Plan Action to Eliminate Obstetric Fistula by 2020. Fistula survivors who have been repaired and are closely working with Health Extension Workers and the Women Development Army gave testimonies at the event and received certificate of recognition.

Participants of the commemoration event visited the UNFPA supported International Fistula Centre based at the University of Gondar and interacted with fistula patients. There were 35 patients who were scheduled for repair today and tomorrow.

A big walk was also organized in the City of Gondar as part of the commemoration to show solidarity with fistula survivors throughout the world and also to advocate for elimination of fistula.

UNFPA received a certificate of recognition from the University of Gondar for its exceptional and continuous support to end fistula. UNFPA is supporting with partners a global “End Fistula Campaign” since 2003. Significant progress has been made through this campaign towards eliminating fistula and supporting its survivors through prevention, treatment, social reintegration and advocacy. To date more than 70,000 fistula repair surgeries have been supported for women and girls suffering from the condition.

The commemoration of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula was organized by the University of Gondar in partnership with UNFPA, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Amhara Regional Health Bureau, Amhara Women’s Affairs Bureau, Healing Hands of Joy, and the Integrated Family Health Program.