Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury, and a neglected public health and human rights issue. It is fully preventable, yet, two million women suffer, with an additional 100,000 developing one each year. Only 1 in 50 will ever receive treatment.

The FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative is a globally recognised, state-of-the-art training system. Using FIGO’s Global Competency-Based Fistula Surgery Training Manual, the world’s first standardised curriculum, we deliver training, education and research to more than 60 trainee surgeons - ‘FIGO Fellows’ - from some of the world’s most underserved regions.

The programme also supplies much-needed fistula equipment, including surgical head torches and the FIGO Specification Fistula Instrument set.

Working in close collaboration with a wide range of partners, FIGO Fellows have provided more than 10,000 fistula repair surgeries. Together, we are determined to close the global treatment gap.