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In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where years of conflict have destroyed health infrastructure, an alarmingly high number of females suffer from fistulas, a severe gynecologic rupture caused by inadequate medical care for pregnant women, as well as by rampant sexual violence being used as a weapon of war. Left untreated, fistulas can develop into severe infections, resulting in infertility and even death.

In 2009, International Medical Corps (IMC) constructed the first hospital to provide life-altering fistula repair for women in need in this very remote area. IMC provides confidential physical examinations and also refers patients to surgeons trained in advanced fistula repair. They also offer counseling and education programs in DRC and economic opportunities to help fistula survivors recover emotionally and become self-reliant.

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