Extra funding to fight fistula in Kenya

US-based charity The Fistula Foundation has received a $2 million grant to support its Action on Fistula scheme in Kenya.

Voice of America reports that the grant represents the largest single chunk of funding ever received by the organisation, and could potentially help treat as many as 1,200 women in Kenya who have suffered fistula as a result of childbirth.

The Action on Fistula initiative will also seek to train surgeons to fix the tears which essentially leave women incontinent, as part of a plan to increase access to healthcare for the condition.

Kate Grant, chief executive of Fistula Foundation, added that large-scale outreach efforts will complete the three-pronged approach, which she hopes will act as a model for similar programmes in other countries.

She explained that fistula can have severe implications for mental and physical health alike, especially given the stigma that follows women as a result of the condition.

Fistula is more common in developing countries where access to healthcare is limited, since it can often be prevented with an emergency caesarean section.