Fistula, a silent tragedy for child brides

In the time it has taken to read this article 54 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 2 seconds

About the author

Faith Fookes


Faith is the Founder of Bridgewise, a not-for-profit company focused on bridging health gaps for women and children. Her main areas are the eradication of obstetric fistula and supporting children with genetic disorders and their families. Contact:

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