What do I need to know about caring for someone with an obstetric fistula?

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Caring for someone with an obstetric fistula requires thoughtfulness and great support. Make sure that the person consults with the doctor on a regular basis and attends all scheduled follow-up appointments. It is also important to make sure that the person takes prescribed medications. Physical treatment is not the only treatment people with obstetric fistulas need; they may also need psychological help. In Africa, many women with fistulas are cast out of their communities and left by their spouses.

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