- Kampala, Uganda
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. In recent years, Uganda has been recognized for mounting one of the most effective national response to the AIDS epidemic. Other public challenges await similar successes.
The combination of a high fertility rate and low access to quality maternal care continues to put Ugandan women at risk of pregnancy-related death and disability. Large numbers of fistula cases in need of surgery have been documented in hospital records, and there are surely still more women with fistula who are not yet aware that fistula can be repaired.
USAID-supported fistula services in Uganda began in October 2004. In addition to seven prevention only sites, Fistula Care has been working with two private, faith-based hospitals to prevent and repair fistula:
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