Provide medical treatment for female fistula patients, support them in re-integrating into communities, and prevent fistula
A project to support fistula patients to return to communities in Côte d’Ivoire, was carried out for 6 years from 2010 to 2015, in partnership with UNFPA. With funds amounted to $2,500,000 ($1,700,000 by KOICA, $500,000 by UNFPA and $300,000 by the Ministry of Health), medical treatments were provided for 1,208 women in 8 regions of Côte d’Ivoire including Abidjan. In addition, income generation trainings were provided to 344 beneficiaries of medical treatments in order to help them successfully continue participating in society. A national fistula center and 8 regional fistula centers were also established to set up a sustainable fistula treatment system and infrastructure. Awareness program on fistula and reproductive health for local residents is provided to raise the awareness on fistula diseases and basic healthcare.
What we do
Supporting the disadvantaged and protecting women's right through supporting fistula patients
The project supports one of the most economically and socially disadvantaged groups of people in Côte d’Ivoire: fistula patients. Through this project, fistula patients are provided with medical treatments. The project also aims to protect women's right by providing support to fight social stigma and discrimination against fistula patients. In order to maximize the effectiveness of this project, the Ministry of Health has underlined the importance of the prevention and treatment of fistula in the "2016-2020 National Health Development Plan" and is currently designing a national strategy to extend this effort. KOICA and UNFPA are currently supporting the second phase of the project, which adds up to 6,350,000 USD from 2016 to 2018, in order to scale up the result.
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