Uganda's Main Referral Hospital gets Fistula Equipment - Early Easter Gift

If you have heard about Obstetric Fistula, then you have reason to smile about the latest acquisition of Mulago Hospital -- Fistula Equipment.

Each year between 50 000 to 100 000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal. The development of obstetric fistula is directly linked to one of the major causes of maternal mortality: obstructed labour.

Women who experience obstetric fistula suffer constant incontinence, shame, social segregation and health problems. It is estimated that more than 2 million young women live with untreated obstetric fistula in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Obstetric fistula is preventable; it can largely be avoided by:

  • delaying the age of first pregnancy;
  • the cessation of harmful traditional practices; and
  • timely access to obstetric care.

Preventing and managing obstetric fistula contributes to the Millennium Development Goal 5 of improving maternal health.


So ...It is good news that the obstetrics and gynaecology department at Mulago hospital has received medical equipment worth Shs565 million meant to help treat patients with fistula. The equipment consisting of delivery beds, delivery sets, anaesthetic machines, faetal heart monitors, newborn resuscitation equipment, teaching aids and fistula surgery equipment was donated by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to the hospital on Thursday.

Two vehicles were also given to the Health ministry to support midwifery and fistula services, costing approximately Shs200 million. While handing over the equipment and the vehicles to Mulago hospital through the Health ministry UNFPA country director, Esperence Fundira called for the strengthening of human resources as a way of improving the general maternal health in the country.

“Equipment alone is not enough to guarantee the quality of midwifery care. At the moment, a midwife in Uganda delivers between 350 and 500 mothers a year, that is more than twice the 175 deliveries per year per midwife recommended by the World Health Organisation,” Ms Fundira said. The equipment came after Mulago hospital was accredited last year by the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics as a training centre for fistula repair surgeons in East Africa.

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