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Identifying barriers to accessing information and treatment for obstetric fistula in Niamey, Niger

Authors: Marielle E Meurice (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa) , Rene R. Genadry (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Iowa City, Iowa) , Catherine S. Bradley (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Iowa City, Iowa) , Benjamin Majors (University of Iowa College of Public Health, Iowa City, Iowa) , Sanda O Ganda (Lamordé Hospital, Niamey, Niger)

  • Identifying barriers to accessing information and treatment for obstetric fistula in Niamey, Niger

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    Identifying barriers to accessing information and treatment for obstetric fistula in Niamey, Niger

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Abstract

Objective: To identify barriers to accessing information and treatment regarding obstetric fistula (OF) unique to Niger encountered by women referred to the National Referral Fistula Center.

Method: A questionnaire was administered at the National Referral Fistula Center to 29 women with OF. Qualitative and quantitative statistics were computed.

Results: The average individual was 30.4 years old, illiterate and from a rural area. 76.0% had antenatal care, the average labor time was 3.04 days, and 88.0% had a physician-assisted delivery. Barriers to information included rural dwelling, lack of education, lack of understanding of cause despite contact with health care workers, lack of knowledgeable resources to seek advice from or lack of ability/interest, not given specific information about availability of treatment, and not utilizing available resources to disseminate information. Barriers to treatment included lack of information regarding condition and treatment, traditional healer utilization, inability to access adequate care for condition, delay for childbirth recovery, permission needed to seek treatment, cost, timely treatment unavailable, and lack of social support.

Conclusion: Improving efficiency of getting women to the hospital at time of delivery, prompt referrals for OF, and using cell phones for disseminating information or accessing transport may benefit women with OF in Niger.

Keywords: Obstetric fistula, barriers to access, barriers to treatment, Niger, urinary incontinence, genitourinary fistula, obstructed labor, maternal health

How to Cite:

Meurice, M. E. & Genadry, R. R. & Bradley, C. S. & Majors, B. & Ganda, S. O., (2016) “Identifying barriers to accessing information and treatment for obstetric fistula in Niamey, Niger”, Proceedings in Obstetrics and Gynecology 6(2), 1-13. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/2154-4751.1304

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01 Jan 2016
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