This brief describes a formative research study conducted in Uganda by the Population Council, building on the results of a systematic review, to better understand the barriers and enabling factors for fistula repair care delivery and access. Understanding how Ugandan women living with fistula decide to seek care, identify and reach medical centers, and receive adequate and appropriate care is integral and continues to influence the design of a larger implementation pilot. This study focuses on Fistula Care Plus project-supported treatment facilities where fistula camps are routinely held. Results show that while it is difficult to measure the relative influence of each barrier and enabler, awareness, financial, and transport issues consistently emerge as areas to target for policy and programming.
"Barriers to fistula repair in Uganda: A formative study," brief. Washington, DC: Population Council, 2016.
Reducing Barriers to Fistula Care