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                  Winter Edition

Dear FIGO Friends,

Welcome to the Winter edition of the Fistula Training Initiative Newsletter! It's been another busy few months in FIGO HQ & we're happy to share some of our latest news with you about:

- The Training Programme -

There are presently 61 Fellows on the Training Programme, originating from 22 high-need countries around the world. After significant expansion over the last 2 years, the Initiative is now moving towards an exciting new phase of programmatic consolidation by providing coaching visits to build surgical skills, as well as all necessary support to increase the quality & quantity of fistula repairs in Fellows' home environments. 
In the last quarter of 2016, Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) kindly provided coaching for 2 Tanzanian Fellows, Dr Julieth & Dr Bariki. FIGO accredited trainers, Dr Peter & Dr James from CCBRT, spent 10 days with the doctors, addressing more complex cases, including circumferential fistulas.

Coaching activities also took place in Uganda, with visits to Kitovu & CoRSU Hospitals. Under the direct supervision of well know FIGO Trainer, Dr Fekade (Medical Director of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia), Fellows Dr Judith Stenkamp & Sister Florence received expert coaching & successfully operated on 13 complex cases in CoRSU.

Sincere thanks to all participating Fellows for their commitment & help, & of course to Drs Peter & James, as well as Dr Fekade, for generously sharing their time & expertise to ensure the coaching activities in Tanzania & Uganda were a great success!
Tanzanian Fellows, Dr Julieth (seated) & Dr Bariki (behind) doing a complex fistula repair under expert guidance in CCBRT
Assessing patient progress on the CCBRT Fistula Ward: from left to right; Dr James, Dr Bariki, Dr Peter & Dr Julieth

- ISOFS Conference 2016 -

A very well attended & extremely successful biennial ISOFS Conference (the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons) took place recently in Abuja, Nigeria from 24 - 28 October 2016.

The conference provided a unique opportunity to bring together fistula surgeons & key stakeholders from all over the world to share progress on recent innovations & strategies in the fight against fistula. Delegates gave presentations on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the latest research, to new surgical techniques, to outreach & community education campaigns. The FIGO fistula team was delighted to make a presentation, showing the significant growth of the Training Initiative since the last ISOFS Conference in Uganda 2 years ago, & was thrilled to catch up on fistula news with ISOFS members, including many attending Fellows & Trainers!

On behalf of FIGO, we would like to sincerely thank Dr Mulu Muleta for her tremendous work as ISOFS President over the last 2 years, & to wish Prof Oladosu Ojengbede every success as the new President. We very much look forward to continuing our close collaboration with ISOFS in the future, to further strengthen the Training Programme, & to substantially expand Fellow coaching activities.

ISOFS 2018 will take place in Pakistan! Dates will be confirmed soon & we look forward to seeing you there!

Special thanks to Isaiah Asieba, ISOFS photographer, for kindly sharing the photos below.
New ISOFS President Prof Oladosu Ojengbede with outgoing President Dr Mulu Muleta addressing the audience in Abuja
Team Fistula on stage with some of the FIGO Fellows attending the Conference from Bangladesh, Ghana, Nepal & Nigeria
With some attending Nigerian Fellows. From left to right: Dr Stephen Bature, Dr Zubaida Abdullahi, Lilli Trautvetter, Gillian Slinger, Dr Olatunbson Abiona & Dr Fatimat Akinlusi
Project Manager, Gillian Slinger presenting the Fistula Surgery Training Initiative at the Conference

- Fistula Foundation -

We are pleased to share the news that the Gynocare Women’s & Fistula Hospital is now open & treating patients! A grand opening celebration took place on October 5, & Fistula Foundation was honored to attend along with colleagues from Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. & London-based Astellas Pharma EMEA, which funds the Action on Fistula Program in Kenya & which provided significant support for construction of the new hospital.
The opening was a joyous occasion, with music, dancing, fistula patient testimonials & remarks from Gynocare Founder Dr Hillary Mabeya, Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant, Astellas Pharma EMEA President Yukio Matsui, local dignitaries & government officials. You can experience the event by watching the short video below.

To learn more about the celebration & to view a slide show of the hospital construction process, please visit Fistula Foundation’s website.
The FIGO Fistula Initiative is largely supported by Fistula Foundation which has funded more than 23,000 surgeries across 31 countries since 2009

Thank you!

We hope you've enjoyed the Winter edition of our Newsletter. As always, if you have any comments, or experience any problems accessing it, don't hesitate to let us know, we’ll always be pleased to hear from you!

Finally, sincere & grateful thanks to Fistula Foundation & all the FIGO Trainers, Fellows & partners who make our work possible, & without whom we would not have had such a succesful year to reach signicficantly more women affected by fistula across the world.

Wishing you happy end of year celebrations & all the best for 2017

Gillian & Lilli

International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
FIGO House, Suite 3, Waterloo Court
10 Theed Street, London SE1 8ST

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