Urogynaecology is part of gynaecology that is involved in the assessment and treatment of women with pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and faecal incontinence. It is a common problem but often hidden because of embarrassment and shame and a lack of awareness that there is anything that can be done to help. NZ MFAT has supported a project scoping the extent of the problem in Fiji and doing a needs assessment on how to upskill health professionals in this field. It is a multidisciplinary approach with upskilling of nurses, midwives, primary care doctors as well as O&G specialists.
I recently spent a week at Port Vila in Vanuatu with Drs Harry, Tungu and Damutalau assisting in prolapse surgery and teaching the midwives and student midwives about perineal suturing. I was very impressed with their surgical skills and enthusiasm and look forward to working with them again in the future to expand their services in quantity and quality.
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