Danja Fistula Center, Niger
In February 2012, WFF opened a new fistula hospital with operational partner SIM, in Danja, Niger. Located in rural southern Niger, the Danja Fistula Center (DFC Niger) offers comprehensive services to women suffering from obstetric fistulas including free surgery, empowerment/reintegration programs and individual recovery plans. Center staff also provides surrounding communities with prevention education, conducts training for medical professionals as well as publishes clinical research on obstetric fistula to advance future treatment protocols.
DFC Niger is a 42-bed hospital with laboratory and pharmacy services, a three table operating theatre and additional living quarters in our hospital compound’s “Village” for up to 24 women during pre-op, post-op and while participating in reintegration training. DFC is staffed by local professionals and includes an African FIGO certified expert fistula surgeon.
What distinguishes DFC Niger as the finest fistula hospital in West Africa is that beyond our life-changing fistula surgery, we provide comprehensive recovery programs. WFF believes true recovery should address both physical and emotional fistula injury. We provide individual recovery plans that may include: transport to and from our fistula hospital, surgery, accommodations, continuous nutritional support and comprehensive post-operative care. Our Rehabilitation Advisory Council ensures best practices in fistula rehabilitation through a team of medical experts providing physical therapy. Each patient at DFC Niger restores her emotional health through 1:1 counseling and group counseling with other survivors.
Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with the highest rate of child marriage in the world at 75%. Child marriage leads to girls leaving school and the result is a high illiteracy rate in Niger. In response, DFC Niger provides fistula survivors educational classes and vocational skills training so they are empowered to generate income from handicraft work they create. Women may choose to take classes in literacy and health and training in sewing, knitting, embroidery, cooking, and more. With these programs, women are welcomed back into their communities with valuable skills to provide goods and services appreciated by all, and to support themselves and their families.
While DFC Niger focuses on preventing and treating obstetric fistula, the hospital also treats pelvic organ prolapse, a chronic effect from traumatic childbirth. Pelvic organ prolapse, a bulging of pelvic organs like the uterus, bladder and bowel is primarily a childbirth-related injury associated with obstructed labor. Since 2014, 82 women have received pelvic organ prolapse repair at DFC Niger.