FIGO’s Pathbreaking Program Holds Surgeon Meeting in Ethiopia
We are proud to partner with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on a training program for new fistula surgeons. This September, FIGO hosted a meeting largely for initial Fellows in the training program to discuss ongoing needs and challenges. Fistula Foundation Board Chair, Dr. Sohier Elneil, and Medical Director, Dr. Steven Arrowsmith, attended the meeting which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They were both greatly encouraged to find that all of the Fellows have remained active in fistula care and are helping women in a wide variety of geographic locations: Nepal, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Uganda, just to name a few.Fellows expressed a desire to continue to continue their training in more advanced fistula repair, and also expressed the need for better equipped operating rooms at their respective facilities. Fistula Foundation is committed to supporting fistula surgeons and facilitating advanced training opportunities, and will continue working with FIGO to improve the program based on feedback from this meeting.
The meeting was coordinated by Gillian Slinger, Project Manager and by Lilli Trautvetter, Project Assistant, of the FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative.