The ICS Fistula Committee was officially launched in October 2009. The mission of the ICS Fistula Committee is to raise awareness worldwide of obstetric fistula and its consequences in the developing world, to promote the prevention and treatment of fistula by means of research, education and training at different levels and to foster collaboration to achieve these objectives.
The committee’s strategy focuses on the following key areas: - Strategic & Zoning Planning - Communications & Funding - Treatment & Training - Awareness & Promotion - Follow-up and Evaluation Zoning and Taskforces
The committee has set up eight taskforces for the following zones:
- Zone 1: Africa North East
- Zone 2: Africa West
- Zone 3: Africa Central
- Zone 4: Africa South
- Zone 5: India/Bangladesh
- Zone 6: China
- Zone 7: Russia/Eastern Europe
- Zone 8: Americas
The Fistula Committee collaborates with the ICS Continence Promotion Committee (CPC), the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other organisations and government authorities working in this field.
The Fistula Committee also has a special Subcommittee membership who are available for consultation and work on larger projects.
Information, Education and Training Information for the Public, Patients and Professionals
The committee has developed many educational resources for public awareness, patient information and professional academic and surgical education in the field of Fistula. eLearning, Case Histories and Surgical Videos Online fistula case histories, surgical videos and success stories of patients undergoing treatment for the condition can be found in the eLearning section of this Fistula microsite.
Fistula Surgery Workshops
The ICS Fistula Committee organises Fistula Surgery Workshops in key centres in the Developing World. These hands-on courses are run by experts in fistula surgery and care and are attended by a small number of surgeons primarily from the developing world. These surgeons acquire new techniques, experience and know how which they can apply in their own hospitals.