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Technical Consultation on Fistula Measurement and Estimation (English, PDF, 270 KB)On July 10-11, FC+ and MHTF convened epidemiologsts, demographers, fistula surgeons, midwives, and other researchers from around the world for a consultative meeting on fistula measurement and estimation. This consultative meeting took place at the Harvard School of Public Health alongside the FC+ IRAG meeting. This group’s goal was to build a consensus regarding FC+ priorities related to the measurement and estimation of the prevalence and incidence of obstetric fistula. Presenters summarized available approaches to measurement and estimation, such as household surveys, Health Management Information Systems (HMIS), and estimation models. As broad agreement on priorities emerged in plenary discussions, specific research questions and potential study designs were also identified when possible. Participants also provided a set of recommendations to guide future measurement and estimation activities.
International Research Advisory group Meeting Report (English, PDF, 3273 KB)
The Fistula Care Plus (FC+) project and the Maternal Health Task Force co-convened the first meeting of the FC+ International Research Advisory Group (IRAG) in July 2014 to examine research needs related to fistula prevention and treatment. The report below presents research priorities identified through the meeting and an FC+ research action plan, developed in consultation with USAID, as well as a summary of the topics that the FC+ project anticipates addressing through study develoment and other activities.
Urinary Catheterization for Primary and Secondary Prevention of Obstetric Fistula: A Consultative Meeting to Review and Standardize Current Guidelines and Practice (English, PDF, 1.14 MB)
This consultative meeting brought together a group of experienced Nigerian and international fistula surgeons, representatives of national and international professional nursing and midwifery associations, relevant officials from the Federal Ministry of Health, as well as national and international staff from the EngenderHealth-led Fistula Care project. The goal was to review current guidelines and practices, to discuss knowledge gaps, and to develop recommendations for standardized approaches to urinary catheterization for prevention and nonsurgical treatment of fistula. In preparation, Fistula Care conducted a review of literature pertinent to this topic and conducted an informal survey of current practices among Nigerian fistula service providers. Participants agreed on a simplified approach to catheterization for early management of fistula. The resulting recommendations will be disseminated to the Nigerian Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders, to facilitate the development and implementation of standardized national (and global) guidelines.
Meeting the Needs of Women with Fistula Deemed Incurable: Creating a Culture of Possibility (English, PDF, 622 KB)
In September 2011, EngenderHealth Fistula Care and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative convened a meeting of international expert fistula practitioners to identify areas of consensus on minimum global standards for complex fistula care in low-resource settings. The report outlines programmatic and research gaps and priorities and includes specific recommendations to assist ministries of health, professional associations, and other key institutions in developing their own guidelines.
Revitalizing the Partograph: Does the Evidence Support a Global Call to Action? (English, PDF, 370 KB)
EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care Project and the Maternal Health Task Force brought together international experts in November 2011 to review evidence and make recommendations about the partograph, a decision-making tool for preventing and managing prolonged or obstructed labor. Correct use of the partograph can prevent serious complications, including ruptured uterus, obstetric fistula, and stillbirth. Yet after more than 50 years of training and investment in the partograph in low-resource settings, the partograph is used infrequently, and few health care workers understand how to complete it properly. This report explores the major health system challenges to partograph implementation and the evidence in favor of revitalizing its use, not only to manage labor effectively, but also to improve the overall quality of care offered to women and their babies during childbirth.
Annual Report Summary, Fiscal Year 2013-2014 (English, PDF, 607 KB)
This short summary of our annual report highlights the key accomplishments that the new Fistula Care Plus project accomplished during the fiscal year (October 2013-September 2014).
Annual Report Summary, Fiscal Year 2011-2012 (English, PDF, 154 KB)
This one-page summary of our annual report highlights Fistula Care's key accomplishments during the fiscal year (October 2011-September 2012).
Annual Report Summary, Fiscal Year 2010-2011 (English, PDF, 80 KB)
This one-page summary of our annual report highlights Fistula Care's key accomplishments during the fiscal year (October 2010-September 2011).
Annual Report Summary, Fiscal Year 2009-2010 (English, PDF, 75 KB)
This one-page summary of our annual report highlights Fistula Care's key accomplishments during the fiscal year (October 2009-September 2010).
Annual Report Summary, Fiscal Year 2008-2009 (English, PDF, 1.40 MB)
This 38-page summary of our Annual Report reviews Fistula Care’s global accomplishments during the fiscal year (October 2008-September 2009).
Annual Report Summary, Fiscal Year 2007-2008 (English, PDF, 905 KB)
This 30-page summary of our Annual Report reviews Fistula Care’s global accomplishments during the fiscal year (October 2007-September 2008).