The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health,
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Gynecology & Obstetrics Department
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
World Health Organization (WHO)
On July 28-29, 2005, The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health hosted a meeting on the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula. The two-day meeting was co-sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). More than 70 clinicians and public health experts from U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, and Tanzania participated in the meeting to discuss the extent of obstetric fistula and the best ways to address this public health problem.
The meeting had several objectives:
- advance scientific knowledge on the risk and treatment of obstetric fistula
- prioritize research questions regarding public health and clinical responses to obstetric fistula
- inform the design of a study addressing one or more key research needs
- inform the public health response to and management of obstetric fistula
The meeting continued on July 30 with a subgroup remaining to review the meeting deliberations, define country-specific research priorities and needs, and outline a multi-country research plan.
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