We launched fistula care services in Malawi In 2010 before opening our own, stand-alone Fistula Care Centre (FCC) in 2012 in the grounds of Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe.
This 35 bed unit has its own dedicated operating theatre and has the capacity to treat more than 400 women every year, many of whom are found through our Ambassador and community sensitisation programmes that ensure women and girls from across Malawi have access to our permanent service.
Our holistic approach to our patients encompasses a patient rehabilitation, education and empowerment programme that includes access to micro-finance, a solar project, literacy and numeracy classes, as well as lessons in arts and crafts.
In order to help prevent fistulas from happening, FFF also funds access to maternal healthcare at two partner hospitals – Mtengowantenga Catholic Hospital and AchikondiCommunity Clinic. An average of 160 babies are safely delivered each month thanks to this financial support.
Additionally, with funding from Rotary International, FFF is supporting the training of 60 Nurse Midwife Technicians in order to help build capacity in maternal healthcare in Malawi.
2013 saw the start of a new training programme for the next generation of fistula carers to help ensure the long-term sustainability of fistula care in Malawi. Surgeons, nurses, medical officers and clinical officers are being trained at our Fistula Care Centre under the supervision of our Malawian fistula surgeon who was herself trained on the programme.