Today, an estimated two million women and girls in Africa are suffering from obstetric fistula – a childbirth injury caused by prolonged, obstructed childbirth that leaves women incontinent. The effect on these women is devastating and often condemns them to a life of solitude and despair. Cast out by their families and communities, they are considered ‘unclean’.
The aim of the Freedom from Fistula Foundation is to help these women and girls by providing free surgeries to repair their obstetric fistulas, plus free healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth. More than 5,000 women and girls have been helped since 2008.
“I can personally attest to the power of pants!” Paul McNeil of the Foundation tells us. “When they’ve gone through successful surgical repair for their fistula, there’s nothing better than being able to give that woman a full set of clothing to go home in – which has to include some new underwear. Seeing their face light up, not only because they’re dry again but because they have clothing that helps to make them feel like a human, is a joyful sight.”
Find out more about the Freedom from Fistula work here.
Smalls is delighted to work with Freedom From Fistula Foundation to help these women achieve access to a better quality of life.
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