Prevention of obstetric fistula: A case for the universal application of the partograph for labour management

  • AAE Orhue


The pathophysiology of obstetric fistula and its social sequelae are explained. The role of the Partograph as the most cost effective approach for the prevention of obstructed labour and fistula are carefully examined. A detailed
description of how the Partograph is used for labour care is presented and the barriers to the universal use of the Partograph are identified. It is concluded that the Partograph has the capacity to completely prevent obstructed
labour and fistula if used for all women and that lack of the knowledge of how to use it correctly to conduct labour, is identified as the greatest barrier.

Running Title: Partograph Use To Prevent Obstetric Fistula


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eISSN: 0189-5117