In Tanzania, over 3,000 women a year develop obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury caused by prolonged obstructed labor without timely access to emergency obstetric care. Women with obstetric fistula are left with chronic incontinence, and in 90% of cases, their baby does not survive the traumatic delivery.
Stigma associated with the condition means that women are often abandoned by their families and are isolated from their community. As a result, women with fistula are some of the poorest, most marginalized people in the world.
CCBRT is one of the largest providers of holistic obstetric fistula treatment globally, treating over 1,000 women across seven facilities in Tanzania in 2016.