Thursday’s Daily Brief: Safeguarding civilians, strengthening Ebola response in DR Congo, Fistula Day, Guterres condemns CAR attacks and Syria update

Thursday’s main stories include: Better safeguards to protect civilians in conflict; UN ramps up coordination to beat Ebola in DR Congo; Obstetric fistula continues to afflict women; UN chief strongly condemns attack in Central African Republic 

FEATURE: Niger’s girls find sanctuary in fistula treatment centres

Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau laughs with a group of young women in brightly coloured shawls in her ward at the National Fistula Centre [Centre National de Référence de Fistule Obstétricale] in the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Niger. They can consider themselves amongst the lucky women who have been treated for and survived an obstetric fistula condition.

60,000 women and girls treated for fistula in developing world

Around 60,000 women and girls in the developing world have benefitted from a programme initiated by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA to treat obstetric fistula.

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UN calls for $750 million to treat 3.5 million women with obstetric fistula by 2015

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for at least $750 million to treat some 3.5 million cases of obstetric fistula by 2015 in an effort to cure the debilitati

Countries targeted by UN-backed campaign to end obstetric fistula leap to 45

With at least 2 million women in Africa, Asia and the Arab region living with obstetric fistula and 50,000 to 100,000 new cases developing each year, the United Nations-backed campaign to prevent and treat the debilitating birth injury announced today a four-fold increase in the number of countries it now serves.

UN official spotlights success of Bangladesh centre treating childbirth injuries

The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was moved to tears today at a Bangladesh hospital as girls as young as 15 spoke of their abandonment and infertility due to the childbirth injury, obstetric fistula, resulting from prolonged, obstructed and medically unattended labour.

African health specialists adopt call to action as part of campaign to end fistula

A United Nations Population Fund-sponsored (UNFPA) four-day workshop on ending the childbirth injury known as obstetric fistula has ended with a call to African Governments to ensure women's access to reproductive and maternal health services, as well as free or subsidized delivery care and Caesarean sections.

UN official urges more funds to help African women suffering obstructed labour

Foreign aid to Africa should be directed in part to helping women suffering the after-effects of prolonged or severely obstructed labour, a senior United Nations official today told a gathering in Johannesburg convened to address the condition, which is known as obstetric fistula and affects more than 2 million mothers worldwide.

Hundreds of Nigerian women had corrective surgery during UN’s ‘Fistula Fortnight’

More than 500 women had corrective surgery for a debilitating injury suffered during childbirth and a dozen more surgeons were trained in its treatment during “Fistula Fortnight,” which ended at the weekend, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said.

Over 300 Nigerian women's obstetric injuries treated in first week of UN campaign

More than 300 of the hundreds of thousands of Nigerian women living with fistula, a debilitating and sometimes fatal childbirth injury, have been treated surgically in the first week of a United Nations co-sponsored campaign in the West African country.