May 22, 2010

Fighting The Misery Of Fistula


This piece is a perfect example of the lack of an adequate health care to deal with the root causes of the problem. Please note the last paragraph in the article that highlights the number of women waiting for surgical repair while a surgeon operates on just one fistula???? This is exactly what I experienced in Uganda when I worked at Mulago Hospital. (National Referral Hospital of Uganda). Except that there weren't just ten women waiting to deliver their, there were dozens. Of course, the caesarian section rate must increase but that is not the solution. The only way to deal with this horrible complication is by implementing a holistic strategy that deals with the root causes of the problem. LIFE FOR MOTHERS has developed such a strategy that will be implemented in the district of Mityana- 70 KM from Kampala. It is clear from this article that by simply operating on these women the intrinsic problem will not be solved. Between 100,000 and 200,000 new cases of fistula develop each year. Only when strong political will and and a direct focus is placed on health system strengthening will these complications and deaths be reduced. Here is the link to the article:

Did you know?

Every year, more than one million children are left motherless and vulnerable because of maternal death.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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