Fistula Program Funded!

CSC – Obstetric Fistula Program

February 17, 2011

Project : Obstetric Fistula Program – Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC)

Location : Phnom Penh, Cambodia (www.csc.org)

Funding status : Approved

Budget :
US$10,000

Corporate Funding Partner : None

CSC and Fistula Project Background

New Day members will recall CSC – Children’s Surgical Centre, Cambodia – as we have worked with them previously on CASC (Cambodia Acid Survivors Charity). CSC is an organisation that aims to improve the quality of life for disabled poor people by providing them with free rehabilitation surgery. To this end, they have now started an Obstetric Fistula Program.

Obstetric Fistula is a condition which occurs in women who have suffered through prolonged labour, sometimes lasting several days. It often occurs in poor, rural areas where women have little access to health care during pregnancy and labour, or cannot afford it. The pressure of the baby’s head on the bladder and vagina during this prolonged labour can lead to a “gap” or fistula somewhere between the bladder and vagina (or rectum). The baby often dies, and the woman suffers from continual leaking of urine and/or faeces which causes her to smell badly. Since the condition is often untreated, the women can be socially excluded by their husbands, family and community.

Obstetric Fistula can be repaired by a routine surgery which normally costs around US$300-400. CSC has initiated the first in-country fistula program in Cambodia.

New Day grant will be used for the following areas of the program:

1. Outreach – As patients are often in rural areas and excluded from society, CSC first needs to inform the public about their program and find the sufferers.

2. Training – CSC will send Cambodian surgeons for specialist training.

3. Awareness – Programs such as radio ads will be conducted

4. Equipment – Purchase of required surgical equipment

5. Surgeries – Funds will cover cost of surgeries, approx. US$300 per procedure.