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A hallmark symptom of obstetric fistula is the persistent drip of urine that a woman suffering from the preventable disorder is powerless to control. The Bahar Dar Hamlin Fistula Center in Ethiopia is one of the few places sufferers can go in Africa for treatment.

    Incontinence African scourge

    As many as 3 million girls and women in the developing world without access to medical care suffer from a childbearing condition that leaves them chronically incontinent, isolated from their community and depressed to the point of being suicidal.


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