Stop Obstetric Fistula in West Africa
The Women for Africa Foundation is launching a project to improve maternal health, increase the prevention and treatment of fistula, and strengthen the capacities of health workers at Saint Joseph's Catholic Hospital (SJCH) workers, in Monrovia, Liberia.
At the socio-political and health level, obstetric fistula has been recognized by the Government of Liberia as a public health problem. It joined the campaign by the United Nations Population Fund (2003-2006) for its eradication. Although there are no official data, it is estimated that there are between 600 and 1,000 new cases per year.
The program also includes two surgical missions by international health personnel to offer surgical treatment to 60 patients.
Finally, eight training sessions will be held for 80 midwives, eight sessions for 30 nurses at the SJCH and other affiliated centres, and six training workshops.
Indirect beneficiaries will be the families of the patients treated, and the women who are enabled to prevent health problems or recover their health. In addition, the community of origin and society as a whole will also benefit. It is estimated that 7,380 families (about 30,000 people) will be indirect beneficiaries.