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Panzi Hospital’s Fistula campaign discovers large number of women in need of treatment

Panzi Hospital’s Fistula campaign discovers large number of women in need of treatment
The need of fistula repair in Kasai-Oriental exceeds the calculations. Panzi Hospital is now looking for ways to reach remote areas and fundings to make more surgeries.

- We estimated that we were going to operate 100 fistulas in Kasai-Oriental . But we have already passed 140 and we know that in the village of Lodga we have around 100 women with these problems that are in need of surgery. Because of the large number of fistula cases we have sent a second team, three doctors, two anasthesists and one assistant, to continue the work in, says  Dr Tina Amisi, coordinator of the Panzi Fistula Campaign. Panzi Hospital’s Fistula campaign has since the beginning of October focused on reparations in five locations in the province of Kasai-Oriental, through fundings from EngenderHealth. In Mbuji Mayi , Kabinda, Lubao, Lusambo, and Mweneditu more than 150  women with fistula have been registered,78 have so far received surgery from the specialists from Panzi, while others ( 21 cases) with more severe obstretic fistula problems are waiting to be transported to the hospital in Bukavu.
- Some of the women we have registered have lived 24  years with fistula, which of course is very limiting for them in their everyday life. Some of them even live separated from their families. But because of lack of information about this condition they don’t know they can be helped, says Dr Tina Amisi. Panzi Hospital has, at the moment, three fistula specialists who are performing surgeries in the different areas. The first part of the campaign started in September through a sensitization campaign, which was financed financed through donations from Tigo and the people of South Korea. Since the need for surgeries is so high, a local NGO, CERAK, has taken over the sensitization part of the campaign in Ngadajika. The plan is to finish all the work before the elections in DR Congo which are to be held on the 28 of November. Panzi Hospital’s Fistula campaign discovers large number of women in need of treatment The need of fistula repair in Kasai-Oriental exceeds the calculations. Panzi Hospital is now looking for ways to reach remote areas and fundings to make more surgeries.

- We estimated that we were going to operate 100 fistulas in Kasai-Oriental . But we have already passed 140 and we know that in the village of Lodga we have around 100 women with these problems that are in need of surgery. Because of the large number of fistula cases we have sent a second team, three doctors, two anasthesists and one assistant, to continue the work in, says  Dr Tina Amisi, coordinator of the Panzi Fistula Campaign. Panzi Hospital’s Fistula campaign has since the beginning of October focused on reparations in five locations in the province of Kasai-Oriental, through fundings from EngenderHealth. In Mbuji Mayi , Kabinda, Lubao, Lusambo, and Mweneditu more than 150  women with fistula have been registered,78 have so far received surgery from the specialists from Panzi, while others ( 21 cases) with more severe obstretic fistula problems are waiting to be transported to the hospital in Bukavu.

- Some of the women we have registered have lived 24  years with fistula, which of course is very limiting for them in their everyday life. Some of them even live separated from their families. But because of lack of information about this condition they don’t know they can be helped, says Dr Tina Amisi. Panzi Hospital has, at the moment, three fistula specialists who are performing surgeries in the different areas. The first part of the campaign started in September through a sensitization campaign, which was financed financed through donations from Tigo and the people of South Korea. Since the need for surgeries is so high, a local NGO, CERAK, has taken over the sensitization part of the campaign in Ngadajika. The plan is to finish all the work before the elections in DR Congo which are to be held on the 28 of November.

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