Millions of women in Africa are suffering from vesicovaginal or rectovaginal fistula mostly because they have no access to appropriate health care or are victims of rape as a weapon of war. Fistula is a disease that confines women to a life in shame and isolation.
Fistula is a condition of the poor.
It happens in countries, where women are malnourished. Uneducated. Without rights. Get married to early. Can not go to clinics or doctors.
This series of multimedia pieces sets out to investigate the major causes and consequences of not having access to maternal health care and analyses the reasons for the hidden epidemic of fistula in two countries: Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Victims, local doctors, and midwives tell their stories. We also investigate the efforts of the German government to strengthen self-determined family planning and maternal health as part of a global UN-programme and take a close look at how German doctors and NGOs fight early pregnancies, sexual violence and try to alleviate the devastating consequences of fistula.