Following on from the success of the 2010 Fistula Workshop, the ICS offered 5 ICS members the chance to attend the 2011 Surgical Repair to Vagina Fistula Workshop in Uganda. The workshop took place between 28th-30th April in Kampala at the Kibuli Hospital, organised by Dr Sherif Mourad.
The trainers include:
-Sherif Mourad (Director of the workshop and ICS Fistula Committee Chair)
-Hassan Shaker (ICS Fistula Committee Member)
- Mohamed Yassin (ICS Member)
- Ahmed Saafan (ICS Fistula Committee Member)
The trainees were ICS members from Burkina Faso, Jordan, Egypt, Canada and Mexico.
The workshop started with the theoretical section as seen in the programme and then the practical/ surgical section which took place along 3 days.
Sherif arranged for the trainees to experience 12 cases initially, but during the workshop the delegates in fact underwent more than 30 cases! The cases included all the different types of vaginal fistulas; low fistulas, high fistulas, multiple, simple, recurrent up to 6 times fistulas, complex and rectovaginal fistulas. The trainees also performed cases of urethroplasty and urethral reconstruction. The approaches were both vaginal and abdominal approaches. Also Ureteric reimplantation was performed and I operated on a rare case of vesico-uterine fistula.
The workshop was a great success on the national level, and was noted in the local newspapers, Radio and TV.
Whilst in Kampala Dr Sherif Mourad discussed with local authorities (MOH, University and national hospital director) the possibility of establishing a large training center in Kampala as a referral center for East Africa for the treatment of Vaginal fistula. He also met with UNFPA representative in Uganda and we discussed the possible motions of preventive measures of this big problem.