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International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

The UNFPA International Day to End Obstetric Fistula takes place on 23 May. This year, to mark the day the RCOG is exhibiting the work of artist Dr Jac Saorsa - an exploration of African women’s experience of obstetric fistula through art.


  1. Every year between 50,000 to 100,000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula and more than two million women are currently living with untreated obstetric fistula in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Read our statement here: 
  2. Pictures from the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (IDEOF) Exhibition Preview on the 21 May 2015 can now be found on Flickr
  3. Videos of the talks at the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (IDEOF) 2015 event at the RCOG - 21 May 2015 are now available
  4. Paul Fogarty, RCOG Senior Vice president, Global Health introduces 'International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (IDEOF) 2015'
  5. Suzy Elneil MRCOG, Chair, Fistula Foundation talks about the problem of fistula
  6. Rachel Cooper, Director of Global Health talking about the work of the RCOG at the Kituvo Health Care Complex
  7. Alison Fiander, Clinical Lead, RCOG Leading Safe Choices programme talking about fistula care at the CCBRT hospital in Tanzania
  8. Artist Dr Jac Saorsa talking about her work at the opening of her exhibition 'Drawing out Obstetric Fistula'
  9. All of Dr Jac Saorsa's images are now available to view online