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Unlike the trio of female genital mutilation, early marriages and the tradition of home births; Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF) affects a larger percentage of women and forces them into isolation inevitably. According to the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), Nigeria has the highest prevalence of VVF in the world with approximately 200,000 women living with the condition in the country with 90 percent of these cases going untreated.
VVF are holes resulting from the breakdown in the tissue between the vaginal wall and the bladder or rectum caused by unrelieved, obstructed labour. The consequences of such damage are urinary or faecal incontinence and related conditions such as dermatitis and erosion of the skin and other tissues in the vulva and vagina from the constant leaking of urine or faeces. In addition to these physical problems, VVF also causes devastating social alienation as most communities consider women afflicted with VVF as outcasts and cut them off from all social activities. Commuting in public transport and engaging in any form of social activity becomes virtually impossible for women affected by this condition.
As part of our focus on women issues through our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, Diamond Bank in partnership with Extended Hands Charity, a non-governmental agency with a proven track record of active involvement in VVF interventions, is funding the corrective VVF surgeries of 15 women in Ilorin, Kwara State this month. We believe that no woman should have to live a life of shame and isolation for trying to bring a child into the world and more importantly, that good health is the only foundation on which true wealth is built.
We encourage our Diamond Woman community to give towards this worthy cause.
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