Danja Fistula Center

About Danja

In February 2012, the Worldwide Fistula Fund (WFF) opened the doors of our new fistula hospital in Danja, Niger. The Danja Fistula Center (DFC) offers a comprehensive range of short- and long-term services to women suffering from obstetric fistulas and also functions as a training and research center for medical professionals.

DFC primarily treats the Hausa women of southern Niger and northern Nigeria. Niger is one of the poorest, most underdeveloped countries in the world. Women are an important part of Hausa culture, but are not seen as equals to their male counterparts and have little opportunity to learn skills to better their family’s position or wealth. A great deal of a woman’s worth is related to her ability to bear and raise children, making the devastation of obstetric fistulas even more profound.

Recent statistics available show that:

  • Niger has the world’s highest fertility rate with 7.6 children per woman
  • Nearly 83% of deliveries occur outside health facilities
  • 53% of women receive no antenatal care at all
  • Only 18% of women give birth in the presence of a skilled birth attendant
  • Fewer than 20% of obstetric emergencies receive care
  • About one in three women living with obstetric fistulas develop it as an adolescent
  • 85% of women in Niger are illiterate

Operating Room

The 42-bed hospital at DFC opened with a full-service clinic, pharmacy, lab, three-table operating theater and 24-person long-term stay hostel facility. The center is staffed and run by professionals from the local region, including Dr. Itengré Ouédraogo, an expert fistula surgeon certified by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), a center administrator, anesthesiologist, physical therapist, nurses, nurses’ aides and prevention and social reintegration professionals. The center operates with a multi-tiered approach to obstetric fistula, including:

  • Free obstetric fistula surgery and after-care treatment to the women of western Africa.
  • 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 the 50-kilometer surrounding catchment area.
  • Evidence-based research on the issues of obstetric fistulas and maternal health care, among others, to better establish needs, treatment opportunities and areas of focus.
  • The center is developing and performing evidence-based research on the issues of obstetric fistulas and maternal health care, among others, to better establish needs, treatment opportunities and areas of focus.
  • The center is staffed and run by professionals from the local region, including Dr. Itengré Ouédraogo, an expert fistula surgeon certified by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), a center administrator, anesthesiologist, physical therapist, nurses, nurses’ aides and prevention and social reintegration professionals.