Although Loko lost her first child, she eventually gave birth to a baby girl. However, she suffered from fistula before, during and after the birth, which she contracted after three days of labor with her stillborn child.
Of her fistula, Loko said, "I finally had one daughter but could not predict what her future would be like. At this time I really felt powerless, and every day and night I burst into tears. I prayed my God every day to help me recover from this misery. I swore that if ever I got any type of treatment which makes me feel like a woman again, I will spread this message to the community: 'Never let any woman of the community suffer from the problem I faced.'"
After suffering for seven years, CARE's Healthy Unions project helped Loko access treatment for her fistula.
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