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UNFPA Supports Treatment of 104 VVF Patients in Kaduna

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided crucial support for the treatment of 104 patients suffering from Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in Kaduna State. VVF, also known as obstetric fistula, is a distressing condition resulting in an abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina, leading to continuous urinary incontinence. The free fistula repair surgeries were conducted at the Vesico Vaginal Fistula Centre at Gambo Sawaba General Hospital in Zaria, Kaduna State [1].


  1. UNFPA’s Support:
    • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) played a significant role in supporting the treatment of VVF patients in Kaduna [1].
    • The free fistula repair surgeries were made possible through the provision of medical consumables by UNFPA [1].
    • UNFPA’s support extended from January to October, ensuring that 104 patients received the necessary surgical interventions [1].
  2. Causes and Impact of VVF:
    • VVF is primarily caused by obstructed labor, early marriage, poverty, and limited access to resources for women [3].
    • The condition is one of the most distressing complications of gynecologic and obstetric procedures [1].
    • VVF leads to continuous and unremitting urinary incontinence, significantly impacting the quality of life for affected individuals [1].
  3. Preventive Measures and Community Engagement:
    • UNFPA’s intervention in Kaduna includes not only curative measures but also preventive services and community campaigns to end fistula [1].
    • Civil Society Organizations are being supported to conduct campaigns in communities and engage religious and community leaders to mobilize community members against fistula [1].
    • Efforts are being made to address the issue of child marriage, which is one of the predisposing factors for VVF [1].
    • Promoting girl-child education is also emphasized to prevent early marriage and reduce the occurrence of VVF [1].
  4. Future Support and Rehabilitation:
    • UNFPA pledges continued support to the Vesico Vaginal Fistula Centre in Kaduna [1].
    • A Norwegian government health project is expected to contribute funds to the center, addressing existing gaps [1].
    • UNFPA has upgraded the learning center at the facility, providing chairs, tables, and instructional materials for the rehabilitation of repaired patients [1].
    • Rehabilitation programs aim to enable survivors to reintegrate into society by providing numeracy and literacy training, as well as income-generating skills [1].

Learn more:

  1. UNFPA supports treatment of 104 VVF patients in Kaduna
  2. Fistula: Relief as UNFPA Supports Surgery of 104 Patients in Kaduna Daily Asset Online
  3. UNFPA supports treatment of 104 VVF patients in Kaduna
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