Report on The Burden of Obstetric Fistula in Ghana

No. of pages: 159

Publication date: 1 January 2016

Author: UNFPA

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Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating medical disabilities afflicting women as a result of complications arising from lack of surgical intervention for prolonged labor. While the most common cause of OBF is obstructed and/or prolonged labor, pertinent underlying factors such as poverty, lack of awareness, poor-health seeking behaviors, poor health and referral systems, poor transportation networks, scarcity of skilled birth attendants, and inadequate obstetric care services (infrastructure) can contribute to the occurrence of OBF.