Pakistan is in a state of emergency when it comes to maternal health. Nearly, 3000 women lose their lives to pregnancy-related complications every year.
The most under-rated of these problems is fistula, a condition found primarily in lower-income women. According to Dr Saboohi, one of the 30 fistula surgeons in the country, most of these cases take place in rural areas where childbirth is performed at the hands of unskilled midwives as the nearest hospital is usually hours away.
While the last fistula facility was closed down in the Western world in 1920s, countless women continue to suffer in Pakistan. According to medical experts like Dr Sher Shah,the solution to the crisis was very simple- finding the political will to prioritize women and their health.