Sending Office: Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro
Each year, between 50,000 to 100,000 women are affected by obstetric fistulas due to lack of access to quality healthcare professionals. I invite you to join me as an original cosponsor of the “Physician Education for Fistula Treatment Act”
to help the 2 to 3 million women with obstetric fistula.
Women who experience untreated obstetric fistula, an abnormal opening between a woman’s genital tract and her urinary tract or rectum, suffer constant incontinence, shame, social segregation, painful ulcers, and constant and uncontrollable emission of offensive
odors. These symptoms leave a woman perpetually stigmatized by her condition.
This legislation creates fellowship and residency programs with institutions of higher education and existing clinical centers in least developed countries to create specialized curriculum training for medical students in women’s health care and establish
training centers to address the shortage of obstetric gynecologists.
Obstetric fistula can be prevented when women and their families are educated about the birthing process and are provided timely access to emergency obstetric care. Basic interventions to identify and repair obstetric fistula have achieved meaningful and
cost-effective results. The impact of an obstetric fistula-repair surgery is immediate and women can reintegrate into society.
Please contact Alanna Purdy (Alanna.Purdy@mail.house.gov) if you would like to become an original cosponsor. A bill summary is available upon request.
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