Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF), commonly referred to as “fistula” is an abnormal hole extending between the bladder and the vagina that allows the continuous involuntary discharge of urine. It is as a result of long and obstructed labour. The fistula clinic was established to enable women access obstetric fistula treatment. The clinic is funded mainly by Fistula Foundation with additional support from Direct Relief, Funds for Fistula and Center for International Migration.
Patients usually come from the eight districts namely Apac, Ngora, Kaberamaido, Amolatar, Dokolo, Alebtong, Oyam and Pallisa districts. Outreach activities are carried out in coordination with District Health Officer (DHO) in the respective districts. VVF patients are mobilised by a team of dedicated community mobilisers based in various districts some of whom are former VVF patients. The community mobilizers are also involved during the outreach clinics conducted by the CoRSU VVF Surgeon and CBR Staff. In addition, community mobilisers also support in organizing transport of the patients scheduled for surgery and they accompany the groups to CoRSU.
Common conditions treated include;