Karen Aura, the Program Officer in Family Planning at the Ministry of Health, has revealed plans for routine Obstetric Fistula services in all 47 counties of Kenya by 2030.

Speaking in Makueni, Aura emphasized the government’s commitment to preventing and treating Obstetric Fistula, ensuring safe deliveries for all women.

“We want to ensure every woman receives safe and decent delivery. We have developed three packages to facilitate our action,” Aura stated.

The initiative includes training health professionals to address Fistula cases through specialized packages catering to different complexities. Aura highlighted the urgent need for support from stakeholders, policymakers, healthcare providers, NGOs, the private sector, and the media to eradicate Obstetric Fistula effectively.

Makueni First Lady Anita Mutula pledged support for Fistula survivors, announcing plans to sponsor Mary Cosmos, a Fistula survivor, to pursue her desired course and empower her economically. Meanwhile, Jhpiego Director Paul Nyachae reported successful operations on 42 out of 73 diagnosed cases during the recent Obstetric Fistula week in Makueni.

Nyachae stressed the importance of proactive measures to support women’s dignity and called for a comprehensive support system. The collaborative efforts of stakeholders, including Safaricom, Mpesa, Flying Doctors, Amref, and the Fistula Foundation, mark a united front in the fight against Fistula in Kenya.