Obstetric Fistula in Assam, India: A Neglected Cause of Maternal Morbidities and Mortality

Healthcare in Low-resource Settings 2014; volume 2:4663

4 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2015

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Suresh Jungari

International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

Bal Govind Chauhan

International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)

Date Written: April 19, 2015

Abstract

Each year between 50,000 to 100,000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal. Obstetric fistula is one of the major cause for maternal morbidities and mortality and it has been successfully eradicated in developed nations. Women who experience obstetric fistula suffer constant incontinence, shame, and social segregation. Obstetric fistula is prevalent in African and Asian countries, including India. In India, data has been collected in a large scale survey of district level household survey regarding obstetric fistula and its causes. In this study, efforts are endeavoured to understand the prevalence and causes of obstetric fistula in Assam state, India, where prevalence of obstetric fistula is very high (4.5%). Chi-square test was applied to determine the affecting factors of obstetric fistula. Results showing the socioeconomic status, education, place of residence and age group are important determinants in variation of fistula prevalence among women.

Suggested Citation

Jungari, Suresh and Chauhan, Bal Govind, Obstetric Fistula in Assam, India: A Neglected Cause of Maternal Morbidities and Mortality (April 19, 2015). Healthcare in Low-resource Settings 2014; volume 2:4663. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2596199

Suresh Jungari (Contact Author)

International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) ( email )

Govandi Station Road
Mumbai, 400088
India

Bal Govind Chauhan

International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) ( email )

Govandi Station Road
Mumbai, 400088
India

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