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Fistula Patients Treatment Recovery and Rehabilitation (FPTRRP) Project

Under the Rehabilitation project the guided objectives are:

1    To provide accommodation support for wait-in fistula patient
2    To render sympathetic counseling to each and every mentally disturbed fistula patient for their psychological and moral boost up and support
3    To impart need based customized training on IGA for them to be economically solvent  and to be self reliant
4     To create a cadre of Community Fistula Advocates (CFA) for  mass sensitization and community mobilization

Currently the activities  those are going on  in this UNFPA assisted Partnership project is to provide free accommodation for wait in fistula surgery patients, routine counseling and medical check up,  different category of vocational training for IG activities, distribution of rehabilitation material for self employment and earning , basic education for their confidence building ensuring reproductive  health and rights, developing a cadre of Community Fistula Advocates (CFA)  those who have the potentiality to do advocacy work  in the  rural communities; the place where they live – in their house, their  work places and neighborhoods to  get involve in the national campaign to End Fistula.

The fistula treated wait in  patients are the target beneficiaries of this center who are from low socio economic community  and do not have the access to minimum curative care and are completely unable to  afford the  modern private health services. Once they have become the fistula patient, they lead a very miserable life, always being neglected in the family and in the society. BWHC intervened through this project to rehabilitate those fistula patients who are poorest of the poor, who receives services from DMCH – fistula out patient department, when the treatment phase is longer and the patients need to wait without having any place to go elsewhere, either have least or have no familial support, The rehabilitation center is for them to render the required care and support.
The present program status of the center is to fit in with the training needs of the poor fistula treated women and impart training accordingly. This allows the organization an organized coherent platform for effective rehabilitation of the fistula patient.
Overall livelihood training program of the center has four distinct characteristics to address the capacity development of the fistula patients.
Through Cooking and Bakery course , patients are learning to prepare traditional food items , like - Pitha, payesh, sweets,chips  and other  confectionery items those are commonly liked by the general  people and have the market demand and sale value.

In addition to the planned activities, the capacity enhancements of the CFA's are going on simultaneously to built them as resource in awareness raising, BCC meeting conduction, fistula case mapping and referring for treatment, linking of the poor pregnant women with the Community Based Skilled Birth Attendants for safe delivery and liaisoning with multi sectoral local offices like; Health, Social Welfare, Agriculture & Veterinary offices for local support.

Through Cooking and Bakery course , patients are learning to prepare traditional food items , like - Pitha, payesh, sweets,chips  and other  confectionery items those are commonly liked by the general  people and have the market demand and sale value.

In addition to the planned activities, the capacity enhancements of the CFA's are going on simultaneously to built them as resource in awareness raising, BCC meeting conduction, fistula case mapping and referring for treatment, linking of the poor pregnant women with the Community Based Skilled Birth Attendants for safe delivery and liaisoning with multi sectoral local offices like; Health, Social Welfare, Agriculture & Veterinary offices for local support.

Service marketing and product sale are the focused areas which are also being addressed with equal importance along with the trainings.

A little about Community Fistula Advocate (CFA)

Through this project BWHC has identified 30 CFA in first phase and 5 more CFA in second phase those who have the leadership qualities and has the potentiality to act as a community spokesmen to advocate on the issue and raise  awareness on fistula in the community at large. Also can establish referral linkage with CSBA’s for safe and uncomplicated delivery at the grass root level where the incidence of maternal death and disability is very high.
Major activities under this CFA Initiatives are;

  • Capacity enhancement of the CFA’s through series of Basic and Refresher training.
  • Dialoguing by the CFA’s with the pregnant women, mothers,  In-laws, husbands, etc
  • Advocacy meeting by the CFA’s with the key stakeholders of the community including the religious leaders with the technical assistance from BWHC
  • Reinforcement of the  community rehabilitation activities by in kind and in cash support
  • Doorstep support by installing tea stall, grocery shop, tailoring corner, livestock rearing and seed plantation.
  • Service marketing at community level by linking with other small trade vendors.
  • Multisectoral approach by establishing linkage with Grameen bank,/ local agriculture dept./ veterinary doctor.
  • Major scale special support to the most competent CFA’s identified from six division of the country.


BWHC is giving all efforts to develop the identified CFA’s all square in earning and  awareness raising to make them as a role model in the national campaign to End Fistula.
This project is challenging, challenging in the sense as it is dealing with the beneficiaries who are already organically handicapped both physically and mentally, suffering from critical conditions and are mostly not cured, surviving with complications waiting for subsequent operations.


Still we are hopeful because the torch that we all have ignited together will definitely illuminate the path.

Bangladesh Women's Health Coalition (BWHC)
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