Committee for Fistula and Genital Trauma

An obstetric fistula is an abnormal opening between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum, which results from prolonged, obstructed labour. A fistula can also occur because of iatrogenc injury, trauma or sexual violence. Without access to a trained, skilled fistula surgeon, the condition leaves a woman permanently incontinent of urine and/or stool.  Genital trauma refers to injury of the female genital tract, including female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

Committee activities

The Committee is comprised of experts in the fields of obstetric fistula and genital trauma and provides specialist guidance, training and educational materials for clinical management of the conditions, as well as raises awareness on the international stage. The Fistula and Genital Trauma Committee also collaborates closely with the Fistula Surgery Training Initiative, a FIGO project that focuses on training fistula surgeons and multidisciplinary teams to provide life-changing fistula surgery and care.

Members 2018 - 2021 

Dr Andrew Browning, Chair - Australia

Professor Ajay Rane, Past Chair - Australia

Professor Sayeba Akhter - Bangladesh

Ms Gillian Slinger - UK

Dr Hillary Mabeya - Kenya

Dr Peter Majinge - Tanzania

Dr Fekade Ayenachew - Ethiopia

Dr Tom Raassen - Kenya/Netherlands

Dr Jeanne Conry - Ex officio