Obstetric Fistula: A Narrative Review of the Literature on Preventive Interventions in sub-Saharan Africa

by Eniya K. Lufumpa and Sarah Steele
Afr J Reprod Health 2016; 20(3):118-126

9 pp. 296 kB

Suggested preventive measures against obstetric fistulas target the community, as well as healthcare facilities. The literature also highlights the need for increased governmental support, as a means of preventing the development of fistulas. Using narrative review methods, the authors identify that the research focus remains primarily on the causes of obstetric fistula and ways of managing the injury, while paying less attention to means of preventing this injury. The authors therefore recommend further exploration of preventive measures.

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