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Type Journal Article - SAGE Open
Title An Exploratory Study of Reintegration of Women Following Obstetric Fistula Surgery in West Pokot, Kenya
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Volume 5
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2158244015621112
Abstract
Globally, obstetric fistula has been eradicated in developed countries although it continues to pose challenges to women living in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The condition continues to contribute to maternal morbidity in Kenya, causing immense physical and psychological suffering and disrupts women’s socioeconomic life. Following corrective surgery, experiences of Pokot women in their quest for social reintegration, a broadly neglected aspect of their healing process, are documented in an exploratory study. Primary data were collected over a 2-month period in rural Kenya using in-depth interviews with women who had undergone surgery and key informants. Thematic data analysis based on grounded theory revealed avenues for reintegration including successful surgery, family and community support, counseling, follow-up care, income generating activities, and skill training.

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