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There’s less than a month to go until Selfless volunteers jet off to Bangladesh for Elective Aid 2015.

Our Elective Aid programme connects UK medical students with underserved populations in the Developing World. A medical elective is a six to twelve week period in which a student works in a clinical setting outside of his or her own medical school.

Elective Aid offers the opportunity for medical students to get the most from their elective experience. The programme challenges our volunteers to tackle issues at the frontline of global development, in some of the world’s poorest communities.

This year the volunteers will be working with and learning about Obstetric Fistula from the HOPE Foundation in Bangladesh.

Obstetric Fistula is a condition that is estimated to affect around 3 million women across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. It is characterised by a hole in the birth canal caused by obstructed labour.

This condition is almost entirely preventable given access to the right obstetric care and facilities. Its consequences, however, are severe. Sufferers often develop urinary and faecal incontinence, leading to social exclusion and related mental health disorders.

The Elective Aid programme is sponsored by the UK Department for International Development. Once they are back in the UK, our volunteers will become ambassadors for this crucial global health issue, raising awareness and providing information.

To read more about Elective Aid 2015, please visit our programmes page at selfless.org.uk/programmes. To learn more about the work of the HOPE foundation in Bangladesh, visit their website at www.hopeforbangladesh.org

All statistics in this article are from the World Health Organisation’s web page on Obstetric Fistula. To read more about the causes and consequences of this condition, visit www.who.int/features/factfiles/obstetric_fistula/en/

Less than a month until Elective Aid 2015

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