World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

Nearly all fistula patients suffer from clinical depression. Studies document the social and psychological impacts of obstetric fistula, which include social isolation, stigma, depression, and mental health dysfunction. Many consider or attempt suicide while living with fistula.

Part of the care that Maternity Africa offers these women includes a holistic approach through the provision of in-house counseling, socializing with other patients and in-house patient education and rehabilitation classes. The biggest improvement in the mental health of our fistula patients is ensuring that they are totally cured by their surgery. Along with surgery, Maternity Africa’s support services aim to improve the mental health of fistula patients.

If you would like to support Maternity Africa, helping to provide care for patients suffering from obstetric fistula, please follow this link. Thank you.

Pictured: ladies recovering from fistula surgery enjoy some rest and recreation together at Kivulini Maternity Centre.