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Airtel Madagascar and UNFPA Join Hands to End Fistula

AIRTEL MADAGASCAR AND UNFPA JOIN HANDS TO END FISTULA

As part of celebrating International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Airtel Madagascar has partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to lead a fistula awareness campaign. The goal is to educate and raise awareness among domestic and global players, health workers and the general public about the causes of fistula, preventive measures and the free treatment that is available in hospital surgical wards.
 
Fistula usually occurs after a difficult, prolonged labour during childbirth. The consequences for those women who are victims are both physically and mentally dire: severe incontinence that causes life-threatening infections, shame, isolation, silence and despair, even complete social exclusion.
 
In Madagascar, over 50,000 women and girls suffer from fistula and are awaiting reconstructive surgery.
 
"Improving maternal health is one of Airtel Madagascar’s CSR priorities. We support the UNFPA in the campaign to end fistula in order to eradicate this ailment, with its dire health and social consequences,
in the space of a generation, so that all Malagasy women can actively contribute to the country’s development and their families’ well-being," said Airtel Madagascar CEO, Maixent Bekangba.
 
"The goal is for those women with fistula to recover a stable social life, and also benefit from reintegration into a job and a place in society. In 2016, we expect to be able to heal 1,500 women and give them back their dignity," said the UNFPA country representative, Mamadou DICKO.
 
The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula was celebrated on 23 May at the HJRA Hospital, Ampefiloha, attended by several personalities from the Ministry of Public Health, UNFPA, Airtel Madagascar
and other partners.
 
This project is also part of Airtel Madagascar celebrating mothers’ month. So Airtel is supporting the campaign to end fistula, and is involved in support activities for fistula victims as well as improving access
to health services in many regions including Vatovavy Fitovinany, Analamanga , Atsimo Atsinanana, Anosy, Atsimo Andrefana and Sava.
 
Faithful to its values of dynamism, respect and solidarity, Airtel is expressing its consideration for women, the source of life, playing an important social role and as full members of the nation’s productive assets