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Lifestyle & Belief
March 22, 2012 · 2:13 PM UTC
Before and after surgery, patients are taken through daily exercises.
Exercise balls strengthen abdominal muscles and improve women's continence.
Most Nigerian women prefer to give birth at home but Sadiya, 16, went to hospital after her pregnancy became obstructed.
"If I hadn't come (to hospital), I would have suffered much more and the end result would have been death for both of us," said Sadiya.
Music is a big part of therapy. Patients dance during their morning exercises.
The MSF fistula ward is an upbeat place but sadness often shows on the faces of patients like Nana, 16.
Dr Kees Waaldijk has been performing fistula operations for almost 30 years and has trained MSF's surgeons.
A healthy baby in the nursery.
Dr Said Abubakar performs a fistula repair. Last year, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) carried out more than 400 repairs at Jahun General Hospital in northern Nigeria.
"They come in as ghosts, as shells of human beings ... and then they meet other women like themselves and realize they're not freaks," says nurse Aisleen Glasby.
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