Friends of UNFPA has announced the successful funding of the Tamale Fistula Centre project via Catapult. In meeting this goal, the Centre will be able to perform more obstetric fistula repair surgeries -- ultimately transforming more lives, and restoring health and dignity to the women who need it most.
Catapult, a crowdfunding mechanism for girls and women, is raising funds to support the fistula centre in Tamale, Ghana. Donations will help the center hire additional surgical staff, invest in training and buy new equipment.
Since opening in 2010, the centre has successfully treated more than 200 women and girls. However, for the 200 fistula survivors treated, there is a backlog of over 100 others still in need.
Supported by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and other regional agencies, the current facility consists of one operating room, a 10-bed recovery ward, and a staffing office. In order to effectively meet the population’s needs, the centre aims to raise $12,000.
It is hoped that this additional funds will help the center provide the additional surgical instruments and staff needed to continue successfully treating the women and girls of Northern Ghana.
The report, recently released by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, calls for systematic notification of fistula cases and the creation of national registers to ensure proper care, follow up and support for all fistula patients.