Shirley with staff and patients at the end of a recent fistula camp [outreach]
Shirley and her team work to end obstetric fistula
On this International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, we celebrate the work of INF gynaecologist Shirley and her team.
"May 23 is International Day to End Fistula. In Nepal, we will mark this in various ways. We are organising a workshop in Kathmandu on May 23 and 24 as a follow up to the first National Workshop on Fistula Prevention held in Surkhet in March 2016. Last year we had a small but very enthusiastic group of participants who worked hard to develop a plan of how each level of health workers should be able to contribute to the management and prevention of fistula and developed draft additions to pre-service and in-service training programmes.
"This year we hope that a half day will be spent with key government and education leaders to share with them the problem of obstetric fistula in Nepal and the need for inclusion of fistula in the training of doctors, nurses and paramedical workers as well as the need to include Obstetric fistula in the National morbidity reporting system. Also on May 23, Dil Kumari and Kripa will be in Tanahun district in Western Nepal conducting the two- day fistula prevention and awareness-raising programme for rural health workers.
"This year will see the completion of this programme throughout the three western Regions of Nepal. It has been a very successful programme through which health workers have been able to recognise and refer women with fistula and train, and we hope understand, the way to prevent fistula through the work they do in antenatal and delivery care. It is hoped that the workshop will lead to introduction of fistula in health worker training and the INF outreach programme will change direction to concentrate more on communities."
We are grateful to God:
- for the ongoing building of the new specialist fistula centre in Surkhet
- for the patients who were treated at the recent camp and are now back in their homes, that they will grow strong and may be able to reintegrate into their societies
- for all the activities on 23 May around the world to promote understanding of Obstetric Fistula and move forward with the goal to abolish fistula within a generation