For six years running, AMREF in partnership with KNH have been conducting National-wide VVF camps lasting two weeks. This year’s camp was held on 10th to 26th June 2011 following media sensitization campaigns in the month preceding the camp and a VVF walk held on 10th June 2011. As is the case in the previous camps, patients came from far and wide, with representation from all the regions in the country.
The OF patients turnout was largewith 320 women being screened and 102 repaired. KNH fully designated clinic 66 for VVF screening and surgery on routine bases and the theatre rooms renovated by AMREF are now operational. 45 medical staff were trained including 15 doctors and 20 nurses both KNH and the rural district hospitals.
Sofia Abdi, nominated Member of Parliament (MP) who hails from Ijara, one of the safe motherhood sites graced the occasion and pledged to lobby the government to play a bigger role in fistula treatment and prevention.
Participants also included five previously repaired and healed patients, who recited poems during the walk and launch of the camp.
To read some of the patients’ case studies, click HERE