Obstetric fistula is the result of prolonged, obstructed labour. It leaves women incontinent, ashamed and often isolated from their communities and affects some 2 million women and girls across Africa and Asia. Providing fistula repairs in developing countries is challenging with a scarcity of surgeons with specialized skills, a lack of facilities and insufficient funding for both surgery and post-operative care. Together with EngenderHealth and USAID, WHO coordinated a multicentre trial to examine whether short-term (7 day) catheterization is not inferior to longer-term (14 day) catheterization in terms of fistula repair breakdown between 7 days and three months after catheter removal. The results show that short-term catheterization is safe and effective. This finding means that in resource-poor settings, fistula repair centres would be able to increase their caseloads using the same amount of resources.
Online consultation for three Global Health Sector Strategies for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV, and Viral Hepatitis
As the world looks to 2030, and prepares to meet the challenges of an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals, the World Health Organization is developing three related global health sector strategies: HIV; viral hepatitis; and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The strategies will cover 2016-2021 and will be finalized for consideration by the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016. We are now seeking stakeholder input into the three strategies. From the following links you can access an online survey as well as early drafts of the three strategies and other background documents.
‘Realizing the Future We Want’: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at this year’s Commission on Population and Development
13 – 17 April: NEW YORK, USA. Sexual and reproductive health and rights have already been highlighted at this year’s Commission of Population and Development, at the United Nations Headquarters. Representatives from WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP are attending the Commission.