From the opening of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in 1974, the founders were committed to training medical staff to manage this debilitating condition. The hospital became the only center worldwide pioneering the surgical technique and training doctors both locally and internationally in the repair of this injury. The commitment to training continues today.
Local Student Training
Post-graduate students of Obstetrics and Gynecology from Addis Ababa and Jimma Universities receive two months training in the basic techniques of fistula repair and medical management.
International Specialist Training
We offer competency training in two stages to Ob/Gyn Doctors, Urologists, Surgeons and Nurses, working locations where Obstetric Fistula is a concern. The training is initially to gain the basic experience to care for simple Fistula cases and in a follow up training to treat more complex injuries. The initial training will require 4-6 weeks and the second stage will be offered after reporting on the progress treating patients after the initial training.
Local Health Worker Training
We offer training to Health Officers, Nurses, Health Extension Workers and Traditional Birth Attendants to enable them to identify fistula patients and to raise community awareness about the causes of fistula and the need for women to have access to skilled birth attendants.
A new initiative for the hospital is to start training community-based midwives to increase the access that rural women have to proper care and emergency help. The midwifery school opened in October 2007 with the first fifteen students.
Training of our own staff
Our own nurses and support staff receive on-going training in pre- and post-operative management of patients. In addition some former patients are trained in basic nursing skills to become nurse-aides.