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"Hoping for a normal life again": reintegration after fistula repair in rural Tanzania.

Authors
  • Mselle, Lilian Teddy
  • Evjen-Olsen, Bjørg
  • Moland, Karen Marie
  • Mvungi, Abu
  • Kohi, Thecla Wankuru
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada : JOGC = Journal d'obstétrique et gynécologie du Canada : JOGC
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2012
Volume
34
Issue
10
Pages
927–938
Identifiers
PMID: 23067948
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Women's expectations of going home after fistula repair are linked to their history of living with obstetric fistula. For women who have lived with a fistula for many years, reintegration involves re-establishing an identity that is clean and respected. To facilitate this transition, fistula repair needs to be accompanied by psychological and social rehabilitation and assistance in returning to reproductive capabilities.

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