Prevalence of Obstetric Fistula and Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Bangladesh: Summary of the 2016 National Estimates


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Author(s): MEASURE Evaluation, icddr,b, the Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program, Fistula Care Plus, and Johns Hopkins University

Year: 2018

Prevalence of Obstetric Fistula and Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Bangladesh: Summary of the 2016 National Estimates Abstract:

The Bangladesh Maternal Mortality and Health Care Survey (BMMS) in 2016 aimed to measure national levels of obstetric fistula (OF) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Validating self-reported cases of OF and POP in the BMMS sample through clinical examination was not feasible for a nationwide sample of women. Therefore, the authors conducted a complementary study—the Maternal Morbidity Validation Study (MMVS)—to gather information on the validity of the self-reported OF and POP that can then be used to adjust the national level estimate from the BMMS data. The study was implemented by a partnership including MEASURE Evaluation, icddr,b, the Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program, Fistula Care Plus, Bangladesh’s National Institute of Population Research and Training, and Johns Hopkins University, with funding from USAID and UKAID. 

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