GOOD PRACTICES IN IDENTIFICATION AND REFERRAL OF FISTULA CASES IN GHANA

No. of pages: 72

Publication date: 2016

Author: Ghana Health Service and UNFPA Ghana

Obstetric Fistula (OF) can be said to be one of the most serious, tragic and devastating conditions that women suffer at childbirth. Women who suffer this condition often end up with stillbirth further

compounding their plight. Majority of these women are young, poor, illiterate and mostly live in remote areas. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that globally about 2 million girls and women live with fistula particularly in Africa and Asia. A 2015 report on the assessment of obstetric fistula in Ghana estimated the incidence of obstetric fistula to be between 1.6 and 1.8 per 1,000 deliveries, amounting to between 711 and 1,352 new cases per year.