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5月23日「産科フィスチュラ撲滅国際デー」に寄せて ―UNFPA事務局長ナタリア・カネム

2020年05月23日

UNFPAの支援を受ける医療機関で産科フィスチュラを治療した女性とその家族

ジェンダーの不平等を無くそう!

健康に関する不公平を無くそう!

そして今、産科フィスチュラを無くそう!

 

5月23日は「産科フィスチュラ(産科ろう孔)撲滅国際デー」です。産科フィスチュラとは、長時間に渡る出産などによって慢性的失禁などを生じる障害で、適切な産科ケアによって予防することができます。この記念日は、国連人口基金(UNFPA)の産科フィスチュラ撲滅キャンペーン活動10周年を記念して、2013年に制定されました。

新型コロナウイルス感染症(COVID-19)は、医療を必要とする女性や少女に大きな打撃を与え、経済的・社会的・物流的な障壁により、性と生殖に関する健康サービスを提供することが難しくなっています。特に、長時間に渡る分娩や閉塞性分娩に対し必要とされる治療が施されないために、産科フィスチュラに苦しむ女性の数は劇的に増えています。

UNFPAは、「産科フィスチュラ撲滅キャンペーン」を通じて、フィスチュラの予防・治療・社会復帰プログラムを推進し、2003年から11万3,000人以上の女性の修復手術を支援してきました。持続可能な開発目標の達成期限である2030年までに、産科フィスチュラを撲滅するためには、世界的に大変な状況下でも、性と生殖に関する健康サービスの提供を確保することが不可欠です。

今年3月に逝去された故キャサリン・ハムリン医師は、人生の大半を産科フィスチュラで苦しむ女性と少女のために捧げました。UNFPAは、ハムリン医師を偲び、この予防可能な障害を撲滅するために活動していきます。

 

End gender inequality!

End health inequities!

End fistula now!

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula,

23 May 2020

Last November, the world convened in Nairobi to celebrate the tremendous gains of the past 25 years in advancing the health and rights of women and girls. With a deep sense of urgency, purpose and hope, leaders from around the world – from presidents to the grassroots, from refugees to royalty, from youth activists to CEOs – committed to accelerating action to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. 

Just six months later, that commitment is being tested like never before. As health systems struggle to respond to COVID-19, the pandemic stands to take a huge global toll on maternal and newborn health. Already, the crisis is compounding the economic, social and logistical barriers that women and girls face in accessing sexual and reproductive health services. Even where services are available and accessible, fear, misinformation and stigma related to COVID-19 are deterring some pregnant women from seeking obstetric care.

The absence of timely medical treatment will likely spur a dramatic increase in obstetric fistula, a serious childbirth injury resulting from prolonged, obstructed labour.

Poor women and girls in rural areas are especially at risk. The disproportionate incidence among the poor of this debilitating and sometimes life-threatening condition is a reflection of social and economic inequities and of unequal enjoyment of the right to health, including sexual and reproductive health. Even in the best of times, they are more likely to lack access to skilled health personnel. Child marriage and early childbearing are among other contributing factors.

While fistula has been virtually eliminated in developed nations, hundreds of thousands of women and girls in the developing world still live with this debilitating condition. As leader of the global Campaign to End Fistula, UNFPA provides funding and support for fistula prevention, treatment and social reintegration programmes. Since 2003, we have enabled more than 113,000 women to undergo obstetric fistula repair surgery.

However, we will need to accelerate efforts if we are to achieve our global ambition of ending fistula by 2030, the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals. Towards that end, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic must ensure the delivery of essential sexual and reproductive health services, including midwifery services and emergency obstetric care.

On this International Day to End Fistula, the memory of the late Dr. Catherine Hamlin, who passed away in March this year, looms large. She dedicated most of her long life to treating women and girls with fistula, focusing not only on the physical injury itself, but also on the scars created by stigma and discrimination. Her charitable organization, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, has brought hope and healing to women and girls, raised global awareness of fistula and spurred innovative efforts to end it.

Let us work in Dr. Hamlin’s memory towards fulfilling her lifelong dream and our long-held aspiration to eliminate this preventable condition. In doing so, we will help protect the health and human rights of the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls.

 

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