Over 50 women living with fistula related complications in Makueni County are expected to receive free surgeries and medical advice in a weeklong free Fistula Camp at the Makueni County Referral Hospital that started on 29th March, 2019 to 6th April, 2019.
The exercise which is being done in partnership with Safaricom Foundation and Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa aims at creating awareness about fistula and the importance of quality maternal health services.
“In January, we carried out a free fistula camp at the Nyeri County Referral Hospital, where a total of 126 successful reconstructive surgeries were carried out. We hope to assist more beneficiaries in Makueni in the coming week”, Said Joseph Ogutu, Safaricom Foundation Chairman.
“Fistula is a very debilitating condition and many women and mothers suffering from the condition do not even know treatment exist. We are hoping to expand fistula treatment so that it can be accessible to all women in the country.” said Ms. Tanya Nduati, CEO of Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa which has been partnering with the Foundation for a few years.
The World Health Organization has termed fistula as the single most dramatic aftermath of neglected childbirth estimating that more than 2 million women live with fistula worldwide. It is estimated that there are 3,000 new fistula cases in Kenya each year, and only 7.5 percent of these are able to access medical care. This means that every year, more than 2,700 women with new fistula cases do not receive the necessary medical attention.