Int Urogynecol J (2018) 29:397–405 DOI 10.1007/s00192-017-3416-2 ORIGINAL ARTICLE Delays contributing to the development and repair of obstetric fistula in northern Tanzania 1,2 2 3 3 Cody Cichowitz & Melissa H. Watt & Bariki Mchome & Gileard G. Masenga Received: 24 March 2017 /Accepted: 26 June 2017 /Published online: 23 August 2017 The International Urogynecological Association 2017 Abstract particularly with regard to emergency obstetric care, is critical Introduction and hypothesis Delays in receiving obstetric care to reduce the burden of obstetric fistula in women in Tanzania. during labor contribute to high rates of maternal morbidity in . . . sub-Saharan Africa. This exploratory study was conducted to Keywords Tanzania Obstetric fistula Delay Emergency identify important delays experienced during the development obstetric care Fistula surgery and subsequent repair of obstetric fistula in northern Tanzania. Methods Sixty women presenting to a tertiary hospital with obstetric fistula completed structured surveys about the birth Introduction experience that led to fistula development and their experi- ences seeking surgical repair. A subset of 30 provided quali- Obstetric fistula remains a debilitating cause of maternal mor- tative accounts. Clinical data were collected postsurgery. Data bidity in low-income countries, with an estimated 1–2million were analyzed according to
International Urogynecology Journal – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 23, 2017
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