Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Obstetric fistula

Guiding principles for clinical management and programme development

Lewis, Gwyneth / De Bernis, Luc

Publication details

Number of pages: 73
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
ISBN: 9241593679
WHO reference number: WP 180 2006OB



This is a practical guide intended for health-care professionals and planners, policy-makers and community leaders. It strives to draw attention to the urgent issue of obstetric fistula and advocates for change. It provides essential, factual background information along with principles for developing fistula prevention and treatment strategies and programmes.

The guide can also be used to implement and scale up effective programmes for the elimination of obstetric fistula.