The two main objectives of the fistula project are to repair fistula and train medical staff. Doctors are trained in fistula repair and nurses in pre-operation, operation and post-operation. In addition midwives are trained in working and following parthogram to prevent fistulas at labour.
During the first year 4 physicians were trained in repairing simple fistulas, and 8 nurses and 10 midwives demonstrated increased competence. During 2010 7 doctors were trained in performing more complex cases of fistula operations and 14 nurses took part in the project’s training program. The program continues to be supported by a number of
To ensure a good continuation there are also follow up visits to the physicians, nurses and midwives when they are back in their own respective working areas.
An important feature of the fistula projects at Panzi is outreach missions. Staff meet women in their villages, to treat them, raise awareness about fistula and to inform them of where and how to get treatment. The outreach team collaborate with local partners including NGO’s, churches and health institutions. The team performs simple fistula surgery on the field while more severe, complex fistula cases are referred to the Panzi Hospital. The costs of transport, treatment and care of referred cases are covered by the project.
Reparations have been performed at Lemera, Luvungi, Nundu (in the south part of the province), Kindu (in the Maniema province) and Kalemie, Kongolo in North Katanga province.
Financial Support: Fistula Foundation, Engenderhealth, PMU
Project Implementation: Panzi Hospital, PMU