ReproNet-Africa Newsletter

June 2014 Volume 5 issue 2

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the ReproNet-Africa Newsletter June issue. 

We wish to extend a warm welcome to our newest institutional member the Health Promoters South Africa (HPSA) you can click on the link to find out more about them.

This issue centres on obstetric fistula which effects an estimated 2 million women worldwide the majority of which are in sub-Saharan Africa. This issue presents obstetric fistula facts, latest news, research evidence and useful websites.

As always we would love to hear from you so send us your feedback about this issue and/or suggestions for future issues. We encourage you to subscribe to any of ReproNet-Africa’s social media sites including Facebook, Google plus,  LinkedIn and Twitter for fast and easy access to the latest SRH news and information.

Warmest regards

 

Nkunda

nvundamina@wrhi.ac.za

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ReproNet-Africa News

Davy Chikamata

Congratulations Dr. Davy Chikamata!

Dr. Davy Chikamata Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Zambia. Photo source: Lusaka Times News We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Davy Chikamata as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Health of Zambia where he is currently working along side Hon. Dr. Joseph Kasonde ReproNet-Africa’s past Chair. Dr Davy M. Chikamata is both a physician and …

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News from Members

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The first Health Promoters @ School

Health Promoter @ school: “A healthy child has a healthy mind”

  With the introduction of the new curriculum after our first democratic elections in 1994, health teaching as an independent subject at schools was discontinued. Last year the first five out of forty primary and high schools in the 3A circuit  of the education district metropole central in Cape Town were invited by the Health Promotion South Africa Trust (HPSA) …

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African Child 1

AAA eNews Brief: Happy Day of the African Child

Education for All is the theme for the Day of the African Child and one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that may not be reached by 2015 in Cameroon.  Standard education is generally measured in terms of number of children enrolled and diplomas distributed.  Education should be a CIVIC COMPETENCE tailored to the needs and values that ensure that …

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SRH News

Fact 1: Obstructed labour accounts for up to 6% of all maternal deaths. It is a cause of maternal mortality and morbidity.

10 facts on obstetric fistula

Each year between 50 000 to 100 000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal. The development of obstetric fistula is directly linked to one of the major causes of maternal mortality: obstructed labour. Women who experience obstetric fistula suffer constant incontinence, shame, social segregation and health problems. It is estimated that more than …

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Many African Females at Risk of Obstetric Fistula

by Moki Edwin Kindzeka YAOUNDE — Medical personnel in French-speaking Central African countries say obstetric fistula haunts 40 percent of women.  It is a severe condition where women cannot control urine flow due to physical tears caused by early marriages and births. Many women are abandoned and ostracised but doctors are helping some of the women with free surgeries. Eyenga Catherine weeps …

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Uganda: Increasing fistula cases overwhelm doctors

  By John Agaba Ugandan doctors have expressed worry over the high number of fistula cases in the country that has overstretched the available medics with special skills in repairing the disease. Dr. Susan Obore, a fistula surgeon at Mulago Hospital, said a big number of women who develop obstetric fistula every year are not treated. “At least more 1900 …

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Kenya: Funding Boosts Fistula Treatment Program

The Fistula Foundation, a U.S,-based organization dedicated to treating obstetric fistula, announced recently that it received a $2 million grant to support their work to treat women with obstetric fistula in Kenya, through a new program, Action on Fistula. The international organization says the money, provided by the pharmaceutical company, Astellas Pharma Europe LTD., is the largest single grant they …

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Ghana: SRH, fistula and child marriage programme rolled out for queen mothers

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has rolled out sexual reproductive health, fistula and child marriage sensitization progarmme for queen mothers and stakeholders across the country. The first in the series is schedule for June 17 and would seek to raise awareness on issues of child marriage and its harmful effects on Female Reproductive Health and on the …

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Mali: New Fistula Treatment and Prevention Project Will Expand Access to Care

A new $8 million project will expand access to high-quality treatment and prevention services for obstetric fistula in Mali. IntraHealth International’s Capacity Building for Fistula Treatment and Prevention in Mali Project, which launches June 19 in Sikasso, focuses on making fistula repair services routinely available within health facilities and building the capacity of health workers to prevent, diagnose, and treat …

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Research

Treatment-seeking behaviour and social status of women with pelvic organ prolapse, 4th-degree obstetric tears, and obstetric fistula in western Uganda

International Urogynecology Journal, Hannah G. Krause, Harriet Natukunda, Isaac Singasi, Sylvia S. W. Hicks, Judith T. W. Goh Abstract Introduction and hypothesis This study looks at a trilogy of women’s health issues including severe pelvic organ prolapse, unrepaired 4th degree obstetric tears and obstetric fistula, all of which can cause significant suffering in the lives of women and their families. Methods Women undergoing surgery …

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Impact of a program of physiotherapy and health education on the outcome of obstetric fistula surgery

International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Volume 124, Issue 1 , Pages 77-80, January 2014 Yves-Jacques Castille, Chiara Avocetien, Dieudonné Zaongo, Jean-Marie Colas, James O. Peabody, Charles-Henry Rochat   Abstract Objective Surgery is the only successful treatment for most obstetric fistulae. The present study measured the impact of a structured program of pre- and postoperative physiotherapy and health education on the outcome of surgery for obstetric fistula. Methods We compared the postoperative outcomes …

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Courses

Clinical HIV Management Course

Course dates: 04 –15 August 2014     10—21 November 2014 Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa   AIM The aim of this course is to provide doctors with regional HIV treatment knowledge and expertise, by developing clinicians’ abilities to effectively manage HIV complications and provide leadership in HIV prevention, treatment and care. The course is full time, Monday …

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Funding

Scholarships

Canon Collins Trust Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in South Africa in 2015

Deadline: 28 July 2014 This year we will be combining the application process for the Canon Collins Scholarship, the Graca Machel Scholarships for Women and the Equal Education Scholarship. You need to apply only once to be considered for both (if eligible) of these scholarships. General Information Canon Collins Trust invites applications for scholarships for postgraduate study in South Africa …

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Westminster Full Fee Scholarships

  Deadline: 17 October 2014 (Annually) The University offers a number of full tuition fee award scholarships to you if you are an exceptionally well-qualified student. Please note that this covers tuition fees only, not living expenses or accommodation. Amount: Full tuition fee award Eligibility: you must hold an offer for a full-time Masters degree at the University Criteria: First …

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Rhodes Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Varies July – October The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.  The Rhodes Trust provides the Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors. Established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest …

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Grants

Global Development Network Call for Proposals

Deadline: 18 July 2014 The Global Development Network (GDN) announces the launch of its project on Building Research Capacity in Least Developed Countries; with a focus on scientific research in economics and social sciences designed to inform national and local policymaking. Under this project, GDN will select up to four research institutions, based and working in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), …

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African Women’s Development Fund Grants

Deadline: 31 July 2014 The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant making foundation that supports local, national and regional organizations working towards the empowerment of African women and the achievement of gender equality on the continent.  The vision of AWDF is for women to live in a world where there is social justice, equality and respect for women’s …

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Resources

Useful obstetric fistula websites

FIGO - http://goo.gl/dHNUaY

Fistula Foundation - http://goo.gl/qr9B9C

Freedom from Fistula Foundation - http://goo.gl/OzODFk

Girls not brides - http://goo.gl/G4lGHo

Hamlin Fistula International - http://www.hamlinfistula.org/

Operation fistula - http://goo.gl/XHOcMq

UNFPA - http://goo.gl/YmyGxH

WHO - http://goo.gl/pUYfMS

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