Obstetric Fistula is a devastating health condition that deprives women and young mothers of their dignity and rights. REP therefore plans to work with grass root communities within Rwenzori region and health centers to implement initiatives aimed at preventing and mitigating the impact of obstetric fistula in order to bring about community awareness on obstetric fistula causes, prevention measures and treatment. Collaborating with local health centers to ensure access to treatment, fistula repair and offer social re-integration of obstetric fistula survivors through psychosocial therapy support and economic empowerment. APPROACH:
The initiative is aimed to address the urgent need to promote awareness of cancer and importance of early detection as prevention measure. Though cervical cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in Uganda, breast cancer is also on raise yet the grass root community understanding of the disease is limited. At REP, we have designed research programs to explore community perceptions, beliefs and knowledge about the causes, symptoms, treatment offer to referral health centers and prognosis of cervical cancer in order to inform targeted interventions to promote early help-seeking.