Free Fistula Surgery At Nyeri County Referral Hospital.
Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa and M-PESA Foundation in collaboration with the Nyeri County Government will hold a Free Female Genital Fistula (FGF) Medical Camp from Friday 18th – 23rd November 2021 at the Nyeri County Referral Hospital.
The second phase of this year’s 2021 Free Fistula surgery in Nyeri County Referral Hospital will have over 60 women suffering from Obstetric Fistula benefit.
- About 60 Fistula patients from Nyeri and adjacent counties to receive free surgical treatment
- Women to Benefit from fistula surgical treatment from 22nd – 26th November 2021
The main aim is to support women with Obstetric Fistula and provide them with free medical treatment.
This is part of a major outreach programme by the Flying Doctors Society of Africa (FDSA) and M-PESA Foundation that is geared at giving affected a new lease of life to women living with the condition as well as arm those not affected with crucial information on safe motherhood. We are also creating awareness that the condition is treatable and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
In Kenya, fistula accounts for 6% of most maternal death and prenatal loss only if left untreated. Fistula manifests itself as an abnormal communication between the urinary bladder and the vagina that leads to uncontrollable leakage of urine and faecal matter. The development of obstetric fistula is directly linked to one of the major causes of maternal mortality: obstructed labor.
It is the most devastating of all pregnancy-related injuries; home deliveries and early marriages and due to cultural practices limited resources; many women are unable to seek treatment. With the camp, the partners are seeking to break the barriers and restore dignity to the women of Nyeri County and other counties who can make their way to Nyeri.
Women who experience obstetric fistula suffer constant incontinence, shame, social segregation, and health problems. However, with the new government policy on the implementation of free ante-natal and maternity services, the numbers are expected to drop because of accessibility to maternal services.
Preventing and managing Obstetric Fistula contributes to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goal 3, of Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages.