Last February I was invited to contribute to the 28th Congress of Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Sudan, Africa. We ran a female urology surgical master class workshop where a video link was simultaneously broadcasted to Khartoum Teaching Hospital, Sudan. The workshop demonstrated female urologic surgical cases: incontinence surgeries, colposuspensions and urethral bulking agent procedures. The surgical workshop also addressed surgery to repair perineal trauma which can be the result of prior genital mutilation surgery.
The surgical workshop was designed to provide didactic and hands-on experience for local surgeons. We also had an evening of lecture and round table discussion regarding the practice of urodynamics. I also contributed to a clinical governance workshop at the Military Hospital. This workshop was supported by other Sudanese Gynecologists practicing in the UK. We received fantastic feedback from participants, and a pledge of support from the Obstetrical and Gynecolocolgical Society for more meetings. The plan for subsequent surgical fistula Workshop has already been initiated. The ICS Fistula Committee continues to fulfill the ICS mission toward the improvement in quality of life for people with urinary, bowel and pelvic floor disorders. Our goal is to advance basic and clinical science through education.
This is the first time a member of ICS has joined the Annual Congress of Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Sudan. The Fistula Committee will appeal to the ICS Education Committee for an Exchange Program in Sudan and other Sub Sahara African countries. The ICS Education Committee has graciously granted a provisional acceptance for an ICS Workshop in Kuwait this year.
Article by Abubaker Elmardi on behalf of the Fistula Committee