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Miss World South Sudan Opens New Maternity Health Facilities

 

Reigning Miss World South Sudan Ajah Kiir had the great pleasure of opening three new maternity health facilities in Torit, Kuajok and Aweil. The project was supported by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization and funded by the government of Canada.

The purpose for the trip was an opportunity for Ajah Kiir to fulfill her Beauty with a Purpose Project. Ajah’s Beauty with a Purpose Project is focused on addressing the issue of maternity and newborn health with a special attention on Obstetric Fistula.

In South Sudan it is estimated that 60,000 women are suffering from Fistula. Fistula is an injury caused by childbearing through prolonged labor. People who suffer from it are mostly malnourished and small girls who marry at a young age. Nearly 50 %of the girls who suffer from fistula are between the ages of 10-19.

During the three-city visit Ajah mobilized and raised awareness of Fistula and the importance of maternity health. Her goal was to inform and assure women, that Fistula is not a disease but an injury that is both preventable and treatable.

 

                    
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