In the United States, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is relatively common. Most cases are diagnosed and treated early so the outcomes for women are good. In Ethiopia, it’s a very different situation. Many women live in remote areas with little access to medical care.
They usually live with prolapse for years, resulting in advanced stage POP with complications. Advanced stage POP remains one of the most common gynecological problems in the country.
Like obstetric fistula, advanced POP has devastating physical and psychological impacts
on a woman. Treatment can dramatically improve a woman’s health and quality of life.
In addition to obstetric fistula repair, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia provides surgery for a range
of gynecological conditions, including advanced stage POP. All six Hamlin fistula hospitals have a specialist surgeon with urogynecology skills to undertake surgical repair of advanced stage POP.
This life-changing treatment is free of charge to patients.