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Between 2005 and June 2011, 22,507 fistula repair surgeries were supported with funding from USAID. Fistula Care currently works with partners in ten countries in a total of 78 facilities. Of these, 34 hospitals provide fistula repair surgery.
Between 2005 and September 2010 the Fistula Care Project trained over 17,000 people in areas related to fistula prevention, fistula repair and advocacy for fistula care. Many of these people were community volunteers who learned about fistula, its prevention, and the availability of services. Fistula Care country programs have provided training for 279 surgeons in fistula repair. Over 950 nurses and other medical staff have received training in pre and post-operative care and fistula counseling, and over 800 health care workers have been trained in obstetric care. Please see here for detailed training information by country and here for fistula training resources.
Fistula Care is carrying out research to help to answer some of the most pressing clinical research questions in the field of obstetric and traumatic fistula. For more information about the studies underway, please visit the research page.