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 centre 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 Gynaecology 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 one month of training in surgical techniques and care of patients with fistula to obstetricians, gynaecologists, surgeons and nurses who are actively involved in treating women with this condition. Click here to link to Doctor’s training
We are currently reviewing our training practices and, in cooperation with other international agencies, are developing a standardised training course for fistula surgeons. This will be a staged training, developing the skills of the surgeon from management of simple cases to more complex and difficult injuries and then to the level of trainer. We plan to develop an accreditation system based upon demonstrated skills in managing obstetric fistula of various documented classifications.
- 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. Click here for link to HEW training
- Midwifery Training
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 will open in October 2007 with the first fifteen students. Click here to link to Midwifery School
- 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. Click here for nurse-aide training curriculum