112 women living with fistula benefit from free treatment and surgeries

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At least 112 living with female genital fistula have received free surgery and treatment from a two week long Fistula Camp at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi.

The women who were leaking urine or stool received free surgery, physiotherapy and medical advice in the two week long exercise which started on 27thJune and ended on 12th July 2019. Out of the 452 women who were screened, 112 women benefitted from the exercise.

Safaricom Foundation in partnership with Flying Doctors Society of Africa, AMREF Health Africa, UNPFA and Kenyatta National Hospital conducted the Fistula Camp to create awareness about fistula and the importance of quality maternal health services.

“Earlier this year, we carried out free fistula camp at the Nyeri and Makueni County Referral hospitals where we had 175 successful reconstructive surgeries to women with fistula,” said, Joe Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.

“As we strive to end Fistula, we must leverage on partnerships to expand access of fistula treatment to all women in the country. Our approach is towards prevention, treatment and management of fistula by providing free treatment and physiotherapy to women who could not otherwise afford the services,” said, Tanya Nduati, CEO of Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa.

The World Health Organisation has estimated that there are more than 2 million women live with fistula worldwide. There are 3,000 new cases of fistula reported each year in Kenya with only 7.5% of these are able to get medical care, which means that 2,700 women with new fistula cases do not receive necessary treatment.

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