UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Its mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. In 2003, UNFPA and its partners launched a global Campaign to End Fistula with the goal of making fistula as rare in developing countries as it is in the industrialized world.

In Nigeria, obstetric fistula still remains a public health challenge with hundreds of thousands of women afflicted. These women suffer severe medical, psychological, and social issues that impact their daily lives. Many are rejected by their own families and communities, and sent away to live in hospitals or other places among women with similar conditions.

With UNFCU Foundation’s support, UNFPA will continue to provide support to the existing EU/UN Spotlight Initiative fistula treatment intervention in Adamawa state, where there is a high prevalence of women and girls affected by obstetric fistula.

The grant will support enrollment of 40 indigent fistula survivors in small- and medium-sized enterprises. The 40 women will receive training for various vocation and trade skills. They will also receive support to start small-scale businesses upon returning to their communities. To help with their return, they will receive supplies that support their social reintegration into family and society.

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