23 May is observed as a International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. The day  marked by United Nations since 2013 to promote action towards treating and preventing obstetric fistula, a condition that affects many girls and women during childbirth in developing countries. The International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is being observed to significantly raise awareness and intensify actions towards ending obstetric fistula, as well as urging post-surgery follow-up and tracking of fistula patients. Obstetric fistula is one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth.

The theme for 2021 International Day to End Obstetric Fistula: “Women’s rights are human rights! End fistula now!”.

In the year 2003 the UN Population Fund and its partners launched the global Campaign to End Fistula, a collaborative initiative to prevent fistula and restore the health of those affected by the condition. The day was officially recognised in the year 2012.

23 May International Day to End Obstetric Fistula