Fistula Training Initiative

FIGO Fistula Training Initiative: Fellowship Programme

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Duration: 2014-2018

Donor:  The Fistula Foundation

Project contact: Gillian Slinger, Senior Project Manager; Lilli Trautvetter, Project Co-ordinator / General Enquiries

Background: An obstetric fistula is a hole between the vagina and rectum or bladder that is caused by prolonged obstructed labor. It most commonly occurs among women who live in low-resource countries, who give birth without any access to medical help. The condition results, in nearly all cases, in the death of the baby and leaves the woman suffering from a range of health problems which include chronic incontinence.  This often has severe psychosocial and socioeconomic consequences that are brought on by social segregation, which in many cases results in loss of livelihood, isolation and feelings of shame and despair. 

Project aims:

To build the capacities of fistula surgeons in accredited training centres, using the FIGO Global Competency-Based Fistula Surgery Training Manual. This will help dedicated physicians to acquire the knowledge, skills and professionalism needed to prevent obstetric fistula, and provide high quality surgical, medical and psychosocial care to women who have incurred fistula, whether during childbirth or because of inflicted trauma.