Project profile — A New and Dignified Life for Women and Girls Suffering from Obstetric Fistula

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A New and Dignified Life for Women and Girls Suffering from Obstetric Fistula - Overview
UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund (XM-DAC-41119)
2018-01-08 - 2022-12-31
Country / region • Mozambique (100.00%)
Sector • Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Reproductive health care (13020) (63.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (13081) (37.00%)
Policy marker • Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Gender equality (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to improve the well-being of women and girls living with obstetric fistula, an important sexual and reproductive health and rights issue in Mozambique. Women who experience obstetric fistula suffer constant incontinence, shame, social segregation and health problems. The project aims to increase knowledge about obstetric fistula and the availability of routine treatment services in strategically selected national health facilities across the country. Project activities include: (1) increasing the availability and access to professional fistula treatment and care for young women and girls; and (2) strengthening gender-based and rights-based community engagement on obstetric fistula, involving women and girls, men and boys. A total of 6,898 women and girls are expected to receive services for the treatment and repair of obstetric fistula; 630 women and girls are to receive reintegration services; and 6,500 people are to receive community mobilization awareness sessions.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased community and family promotion and protection of the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and young women; (2) increased availability and access to quality fistula repair treatment and care for girls and young women; and (3) increased social reintegration of girls and young women treated/cured for obstetric fistula.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of (March 2020) include: (1) 1,666 obstetric fistulas were repaired; (2) 28 obstetric fistula surgeons initiated a certified training program for obstetric fistula repair; (3) 3 obstetric fistula manuals were developed as part of the curricula training program to repair obstetric fistula; (4) 4,387 people at schools and in the communities were provided information and sensitized about obstetric fistula prevention and treatment through sensitization and awareness activities; (5) 73 fistula survivors received the social reintegration package; and (6) a real-time monitoring system called InfoFistula was built by the Ministry of Health with the support of UNFPA and to date 200 patients and 127 surgeries have been registered in the system.



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Planned Disbursement $0
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