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 childbirth injuries. Center staff also provide surrounding communities with prevention education, conduct training for medical professionals and publish clinical research on childbirth injuries to advance future treatment protocols.
“Best Fistula Facility in the Country”
In 2017, WFF hosted Niger’s national week-long fistula camp. With our operations partner, SIM, we provided 61 surgeries to women with fistula through a partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Niger’s National Network for the Eradication of Fistula (REF). At the camp, DFC was called the “best fistula facility in the country.”
What distinguishes DFC Niger as the finest fistula hospital in West Africa is that beyond providing life-changing surgery, we provide comprehensive recovery programs. WFF believes true recovery should address both the physical and emotional trauma women develop while living with a childbirth injury.
Hope & Healing at DFC
Each woman who seeks care at DFC Niger receives an individual recovery plan. In addition to free life-changing surgery, those plans include services such as transport to and from DFC Niger, accommodations, continuous nutritional support, and comprehensive pre- and post-operative care. Our Rehabilitation Advisory Council ensures best practices in childbirth injury rehabilitation through a team of medical experts providing ongoing education to physical therapists and nurses on site. Each patient at DFC Niger restores her emotional health through 1:1 counseling and group counseling with other survivors.
Women at DFC Niger can also attend educational classes and vocational skills training that empowers them to generate income from a craft. 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 because of valuable skills that provide goods and services appreciated by all and that support themselves and their families.
DFC Niger is a 42-bed hospital with laboratory, pharmacy services and a 3-table operating theatre. DFC Niger also has a “village” with living quarters in our hospital compound for up to 24 women to use during pre-op and while participating in reintegration training. DFC Niger is staffed by local professionals. Until 2017, Dr. Itengré Ouédraogo was DFC’s Chief Medical Officer. While at DFC, WFF trained Dr. Ouédraogo and helped him get his International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetric (FIGO) certification in obstetric fistula surgery. He moved back to his home country of Burkina Faso in 2017 to help WFF launch services there. WFF currently uses a rotation of U.S. and African surgeons to provide care at DFC Niger including Dr. Ouédraogo.