Addressing the fistula treatment gap and rising to the 2030 challenge

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Addressing the fistula treatment gap and rising to the 2030 challenge


JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Publication date – Jan – 2020
Authors – Gillian Slinger, Lilli Trautvetter
KeywordsCapacity building, FIGO, Fistula, Holistic care, Obstetric fistula, surgery, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), training
Open access – Yes
SpecialityObstetrics and Gynaecology
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on May 12, 2020 at 5:14 am
Abstract:

Obstetric fistula is a neglected public health and human rights issue. It occurs almost exclusively in low‐resource regions, resulting in permanent urinary and/or fecal incontinence. Although the exact prevalence remains unknown, it starkly outweighs the limited pool of skilled fistula surgeons needed to repair this childbirth injury. Several global movements have, however, enabled the international community to make major strides in recent decades. FIGO’s Fistula Surgery Training Initiative, launched in 2012, has made significant gains in building the capacity of local fistula surgeons to steadily close the fistula treatment gap. Training and education are delivered via FIGO and partners’ Global Competency‐based Fistula Surgery Training Manual and tailored toward the needs and skill level of each trainee surgeon (FIGO Fellow). There are currently 62 Fellows from 22 fistula‐affected countries on the training program, who have collectively performed over 10 000 surgical repairs. The initiative also contributes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (1, 3, 5, 8, 10, and 17). The UN’s ambitious target to end fistula by 2030 will be unobtainable unless sufficient resources are mobilized and affected countries are empowered to develop their own sustainable eradication plans, including access to safe delivery and emergency obstetric services.

OSI Number – 20357
PMID – 31943185

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