100 women from Kiambu to receive free fistula treatment and surgery

Fistula patient photo:Courtesy

Over 100 women living with fistula are expected to benefit from free surgeries and medical advice during a week-long medical camp at Thika Level 5 Hospital in Kiambu County.

M-PESA Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Kiambu County Government, Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa, and Amref Health Africa, organised the free fistula camp and invested KES 4 million as part of its Integrated Fistula Programme, which is set to run for two years.

“We have impacted over 1,000 women living with fistula through treatment and free reconstructive surgeries since we kicked off this programme, and our commitment is to continue transforming the lives of more women through such camps,” said Joe Ogutu, Safaricom Foundation Chairman.

The Foundation aims to impact 1,000 women by the end of this year as it affirms its efforts to restore dignity in the community.

In addition to direct medical intervention, the M-PESA Foundation is working on upgrading hospitals and healthcare facilities to better monitor and treat fistula cases promptly, therefore ultimately reducing the prevalence of fistula.

“Let us unite to eliminate obstetric fistula and restore hope and dignity to women across Africa,” said Tanya Nduati, CEO of the Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa.

It is estimated that for every 1,000 deliveries in Kenya, three or four will result in fistula cases.