Conférence des sages-femmes Cotonou – Benin

Conférence des sages-femmes Cotonou – Benin


Data from statistics are alarming and reveal
that for one maternal death recorded, there are at least 30 women who survive with a vesico-vaginal
fistula, a pathology which manifests itself through a loss of urine and faeces through
the vagina. A public health problem that especially affects
Sub-Saharan Africa, which explains the surge of pride of midwives in this region who have
set a priority, to face this problem. Providing surgery for all women who need surgical
treatment of fistula must remain an absolute priority for achieving the goal set by the
global campaign of UNFPA to End Fistula. But we, midwives, must broaden our vision
to quickly act and deploy the necessary efforts to prevent new cases.
“the role of midwives in the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula”: It is around this theme that these midwives
and other gynecologists from 18 French-speaking African countries, especially in Central and
Western Africa, will think over 48 hours to find solutions in order to eradicate this
harm. And after the representatives of the United
Nations Population Fund and WAHA, the emissary of the minister of health of Benin particularly
emphasized the factors favouring this problem. The low quality of care during pregnancies
and home deliveries, socio-cultural factors and delays in the treatment of obstetric emergencies,
however, are factors… Statistics of Benin during this first international
conference now show 537 cases of women who suffer from this complication, Four centers are established in the country
to follow them up in their treatment.