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Type Journal Article - International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Title The campaign to end fistula: what have we learned? Findings of facility and community needs assessments
Volume 99
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers S143-S150
URL http://www.uneca.org/adfvi/documents/UNFPAend-fistula.pdf
To present a summary of the findings of the fistula needs assessments that have been conducted through the Campaign to End Fistula in 25 countries in Africa and Asia to expand knowledge on the issue related to causes and impact, country capacity to manage the problem and clinical and programmatic gaps.\nMethod\n\nThe methodology of the assessments was qualitative and quantitative, and included focus group discussions; in-depth interviews/narratives; key informant interviews; and review of medical records, with slight variations by country.\nResults\n\nAnalysis of 20 of these assessments provides insight into the capacities, gaps, and perspectives specific to each country regarding fistula prevention and treatment and the social reintegration of treated women.\nConclusion\n\nNeeds assessment findings have been key tools to spark action and guide the implementation of national programs to eliminate obstetric fistulas throughout Africa and Asia.

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