Support the Tamale Fistula Centre by building its capacity to conduct more fistula repair surgeries through the purchase of essential equipment and the training of surgical staff.
Why we care: Obstetric fistula—a hole in the birth canal resulting from prolonged or obstructed childbirth—is a preventable condition that leaves up to 100,000 girls and women each year, with life-long incontinence. As a result of the stigma associated with the condition, women living with fistula are often isolated, neglected or abandoned by family and community, and left to rely on the charity and mercy of others.
How we’re solving this: Help the Tamale Fistula Centre in northern Ghana perform more fistula repair surgeries and meet the growing demand for fistula services in the region.
Since its doors opened in 2010, the Tamale Fistula Centre has successfully treated more than 200 women and girls.. The Centre, which is supported by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and other regional agencies, has one operating room, a 10-bed recovery ward and a staffing office. In order to provide treatment to the backlog of 100 women and girls awaiting fistula repair surgery, the Centre needs to buy essential surgical equipment and train more medical personnel.
Essential needs include the purchase of a hot-air autoclave and an anesthetic machine, as well as the service training of two gynecologists and two operating-room nurses.. The autoclave and the anesthetic machine together cost about $8,500; the autoclave is used for sterilizing equipment, a major clinical requirement in any operating room. The anesthetic machine helps numb the patients for the surgery.
These services will enable the Tamale Fistula Centre to improve the flow of patients and accomplish more work efficiently – ultimately shortening the long line of women desperate to transform their lives, and restore their health and dignity.