A VVF Surgical camp was conducted at St Francis’ from 23rd to 28 October with a team of visiting surgeons, supported by local surgeons.
Vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF) is an abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina that results in continuous and unremitting urinary incontinence. The condition is one among the most distressing complications of gynecologic and obstetric procedures. Eastern Province is just many rural Provinces has a high number of women afflicted with this condition.
The Fistula Foundation of Zambia in partnership with St. Francis Hospital has been conducting VVF repairs in the Province using St. Francis Hospital as a treatment site.
The Medical Support Group of Netherlands working with the Late Dr. Joop Jansen have been supporting the camp through the provision of supplementary surgical supplies.