Female genital fistula is preventable and surgically treatable, but women who lack access to quality health care often live with fistula for many years. For every 1,000 births, an estimated 2.11 women develop fistula in Nigeria and despite the establishment of internationally accredited national fistula centers across the country, the majority of women live with unrepaired fistula. The Population Council, in collaboration with EngenderHealth and the Fistula Care Plus project, conducted implementation research to understand whether a comprehensive information, screening, and referral intervention reduces transportation, communication, and financial barriers to accessing preventive care, detection, and treatment of fistula in Katsina state.
Sripad, Pooja, Emmanuel Nwala, and Vandana Tripathi. 2018. "Reducing barriers to accessing fistula repair: Implementation research in Katsina," brief. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Reducing Barriers to Fistula Care