Committee on Obstetric Fistula

With around 2 million women living with obstetric fistula globally, the Committee on Obstetric Fistula is committed to reducing the suffering caused by this devastating, neglected condition and other childbirth-related injuries.

The committee achieves this through the promotion of preventative methods, training and continued support for service providers to increase the availability and accessibility of high-quality treatment so that more women receive timely and life-changing surgical repairs and holistic care. 

The committee supports FIGO’s Fistula Surgery Training Initiative, which focuses on building the capacity of trainee fistula surgeons – ‘FIGO Fellows’ – and multidisciplinary teams in fistula-affected countries.

Committee Objectives

  • Providing ad-hoc support to FIGO’s Fistula Surgery Training Initiative
  • Technically advising qualified fistula surgeons to maintain and increase their clinical services and run fistula treatment initiatives
  • Raising awareness about obstetric fistula and promoting effective prevention methods and holistic obstetric fistula care through advocacy and partnerships
  • Promoting evidence-based clinical practice in the treatment of obstetric fistula by initiating and facilitating clinical and social research
  • Producing FIGO Fistula Guidelines and educational resources in partnership with the Fistula Surgery Training Initiative’s Expert Advisory Group and Project Team

"The Committee on Obstetric Fistula is committed to working on new solutions and collaborating with others to prevent fistulas and help women who have them access surgical repair and reintegrate into society." 

- Dr Rachel Pope, Committee Chair 

Committee Members


Dr Rachel Pope - USA


Dr Peter Majinge – Vice Chair - Tanzania

Dr Shershah Syed - Pakistan

Dr Moses Ayuel - South Sudan

Dr Jorge Andres Rubio Romero - Columbia

Dr Sayeba Akhter - Bangladesh

WATOG Representative

Dr Magnifique Irakoze - Rwanda

Associate Members

Dr Charles Rochat - Switzerland

Dr Itengre Ouedraogo - Burkina Faso

Ms Gillian Slinger - United Kingdom

Dr Weston Khisa - Kenya

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