We know that a world without fistula will not come to be simply by training enough surgeons to repair all of the women who suffer from this devastating condition. A world without fistula requires prevention. And thus we are thrilled to announce our newest initiative at the Danja Fistula Center.
In partnership with Health and Development International (HDI), the WFF has introduced a community-based fistula prevention program in a 50-mile radius of the Danja Fistula Center. This program is also a collaboration with the Niger government and features aggressive education and training interventions within local communities and the existing health infrastructure.
We began our prevention efforts six months ago and have already provided services to 86 villages and conducted educational workshops to 68,000 individuals. We have also successfully identified and trained a female and male volunteer in each of these 86 villages and developed evacuation plans for women undergoing difficult labors in each community.
This program is going to help us expand our reach — our footprint, if you will — in profound and far-reaching ways. Through this fistula prevention program, we hope to:
- Significantly reduce the number of new fistula cases
- Eliminate new incidences in localities that are two days or fewer from a hospital capable of performing a c-section
- Drastically reduce maternal deaths during childbirth
- Increase the number of prenatal consultations, births occurring with health care assistance, and postnatal consultations
- Educate local populations on fistula and improve the acceptance of women living with the condition
- Transfer all women who have been in labor for more than 24 hours to a medical setting
With skilled personnel on the ground, a pragmatic and effective model to work with, cooperation from national and local officials, and HDI directors to access for support, we are confident that our prevention interventions will make a significant impact in Niger. We look forward to reporting back after the program has been operational for one year with an update.
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As always, we thank you for your incredible generosity.