This formative research builds upon the results of a systematic review by the Population Council for better understanding of the barriers and enabling factors for fistula repair care and access in Uganda. The study focuses on Fistula Care Plus project-supported treatment facilities where fistula camps are routinely held. Results reveal the nuances of women’s experiences, along with the additional perspectives of their spouses, family members, community stakeholders, and fistula camp care providers including nurses/counselors, surgeons, and facility and district managers. Barriers and enablers to fistula repair care are clustered around the following factors: psychosocial, cultural, social, financial, transportation, facility shortages, quality of care, awareness, policy and political environments, and healing and reintegration. The report includes recommendations for policy and practice that reinforce the need for targeted programming strategies to increase access for obstetric fistula repair.
Sripad, Pooja and Charlotte E. Warren. 2016. "Formative research on factors influencing access to fistula care and treatment in Uganda." Washington, DC: Population Council.
Reducing Barriers to Fistula Care