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8.6.2018. This week’s news item, from The Star, Kenya, is headed ‘Suffering in Silence: How Kenyan women live with profound Childbirth Injuries’. Sasha was 9 when she married: she was pregnant before she was 11, but at birth the head could not go through Sasha’s undeveloped birth canal. She was in labour six days, at the end of which the baby was born dead and already decaying. She was left traumatised and suffering from double obstetric vaginal fistula.

There are up to 100,000 new cases of this complaint each year, world wide: 3000 in Kenya, of which only 7.5% are treated.

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