This report documents results of a systematic study of peer-reviewed and “grey” literature which identified studies relevant for understanding barriers to accessing obstetric fistula (OF) care in developing countries. To more comprehensively and holistically understand these barriers in Nigeria and potential enabling factors for alleviation, this study explored the perspectives of those involved in both identifying fistula and accessing care, such as family members and other community stakeholders including patriarchs, matriarchs, community leaders, and other opinion leaders. It also examines the cultural patterns, myths, and perspectives related to OF and how they influence women’s willingness and capacities to access surgical care. By understanding these barriers and enablers in more depth, future interventions can mitigate these challenges for women with OF.
Warren, Charlotte E., Rachel Agbonkhese, and Salisu Mohammed Ishaku. 2016. "Formative research on assessing barriers to fistula care and treatment in Nigeria." Washington, DC: Population Council.
Reducing Barriers to Fistula Care