Danja Fistula Center

Danja Fistula Center

For years, I’ve watched with admiration as Dr. Wall has persevered to try to build a fistula hospital in West Africa — and I’m thrilled that he is now fulfilling his dream.

Nicholas D. Kristof
A Heroic Doctor, a Global Scourge
The New York Times

In February 2012, the Worldwide Fistula Fund opened the doors of our new fistula hospital in Danja, Niger. The Danja Fistula Center not only offers a comprehensive range of short- and long-term services to women suffering from fistula but also functions as a training and research center for medical professionals. Over the coming years, the WFF hopes to advance the message of hope and healing by replicating this Center in other developing nations around the world.

Within just five years, the Center will:

  • provide care for up to 2,500 women with fistula
  • develop community-based programs to aid in the prevention of obstructed labor (the major cause of fistula)
  • institute far-reaching rehabilitation programs to help fistula patients develop economic opportunities for themselves and their families.

The opening of the Danja Fistula Center marks a great step forward for the women of Niger and all of sub-Saharan Africa . . . The fistula hospital is truly a beacon of hope which will permeate throughout the sub-Saharan region and into the rest of the world.

United States Senators James M. Inhofe, Christopher Coons,
John Boozman, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso
Letter of Congratulations

Operating Room
The 42-bed hospital opened with a full service clinic, pharmacy, lab, three-table operating theater, and 24-person long-term stay hostel facility. Additional details are as follows:

  • The Center provides free obstetric fistula surgery and after-care treatment to the women of western Africa. Countries served include (but are not limited to) Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon.
  • The Center operates with a multi-tiered approach to obstetric fistula, providing
    • Obstetric fistula surgery and after-care services
    • Social reintegration services to help post-operative patients via vocational training, literacy initiatives and microfinance opportunities
    • Prevention outreach and education in in the 50-kilometer surrounding catchment area
  • The Center serves as a surgical training facility with the goal of training 30 surgeons in fistula repair techniques by 2017.
  • The Center is developing and performing evidence-based research on the issues of obstetric fistula and maternal health care, among others, to better establish needs, treatment opportunities and areas of focus.
  • The Center has been established to be used as a template or “model” to guide the construction and operation of additional fistula treatment facilities throughout sub-Saharan Africa, which is characterized both by exceptionally high birth rates and incredibly limited access to maternal health care.
  • The Center is staffed by a team of specialists from both the United States and Niger, including a medical director, Center administrator, anesthesiologist, physical therapist, nurses, nurses’ aides (many of whom will be former obstetric fistula patients), and trained prevention and social reintegration professionals.