Zimbabwe: “I never thought I could get healed from this”: Barriers to treatment and human rights abuses against women and girls with obstetric fistula in Zimbabwe

Although repair of obstetric fistula was established as a public health intervention in 2015, research has shown that access to maternal healthcare which could prevent obstetric fistula as well as treatment for obstetric fistula has remained limited for many women and girls in Zimbabwe. This report analyses the barriers to access that women in Zimbabwe face in relation to obstetric fistula prevention and treatment and concludes that the government of Zimbabwe has failed to uphold sexual and reproductive health rights and the rights to equality and privacy and to be free from torture and other ill-treatment of women and girls.

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