Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide has helped to equip a specialist fistula repair unit in Kano, northern Nigeria with an appropriate anaesthesia machine to enable surgical treatment of women with fistula.
Two million women worldwide suffer from fistula. In Nigeria alone, there are more than 800,000 fistula patients. Obstetric fistula is a horrendous injury that can result from prolonged obstructed labour without medical care. The injury may leave women doubly incontinent, leaking urine and faeces, making life a misery. These women are often outcast from their society, although the damage can be repaired by surgery, if it is available.
The Fistula Foundation Nigeria was established to support women with fistula and provide the free surgical treatment they need. The Foundation has already helped more than 400 patients to receive treatment but there are thousands more waiting for reparative surgery. In 2016 the Foundation successfully renovated a hospital in Kano and established the Royal Fistula Hospital - a dedicated fistula repair hospital with 20 beds that will treat around 200 patients each year
Kano is a city in northern Nigeria. The state of Kano has a population of about 9 million. Many people live in rural areas and have to travel long distances to reach health facilities in the cities. Facilities for fistula surgery and relatively rare and there are many women needing treatment. The Fistula Royal Fistula Hospital in Kano has been established to help provide essential surgical treatment to women in Kano state and beyond.
How your donation has helped
Thanks to your generous donation, SAWW has provided a dedicated anaesthetic machine to enable fistula surgery. This special machine has been designed to work reliably in the difficult conditions found in many hospitals across Africa, where resources are limited and power failures frequent. The portable anaesthetic machine functions without electricity and can be used when oxygen supplies are limited or non-existent.
Prior to the donation of this anaesthesia machine, the hospital only used local anaesthesia, which was far from ideal for the patients. This donation with enable safe general anaesthesia to allow surgical treatment that will restore these women’s health and dignity.
The women of Kano state and beyond will benefit from the treatments made possible by a specialist fistula repair hospital unit. In addition, medical personnel will benefit by the opportunity to train in fistula repair at a specialist unit, which in turn will benefit further patients and improve medical skills available in the country.
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