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OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to investigate obstetric fistula in terms of patient demographics, fistula characteristics and predictors of surgical outcome. DESIGN Retrospective cross-sectional study. SETTING Fistula referral hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Population. Five hundred and ninety-five women receiving fistula repair(More)
OBJECTIVES One of the most striking features of the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the use of sexual violence. In spite of the brutality of these crimes, the experiences of women affected by sexual violence in Eastern DRC remain poorly characterized. This analysis aimed to (1) provide detailed demographics of sexual violence(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the signing of international peace agreements, a deadly war continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and sexual violence is a prominent modus operandi of many military groups operating in the region. METHODS Retrospective cohort study of women who presented to Panzi Hospital in 2006 requesting post-sexual violence care. Data(More)
BACKGROUND The conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the deadliest since World War II. Over a decade of fighting amongst an array of armed groups has resulted in extensive human rights abuses, particularly the widespread use of sexual violence against women. METHODS Using a mixed-methods approach, we surveyed a non-random sample of(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the characteristics of urogenital fistulae after cesarean delivery with those after spontaneous vaginal delivery. METHODS A retrospective analysis of hospital records of 597 consecutive patients with a urogenital fistula who received treatment at Panzi Hospital, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, during 2005-2007. RESULTS Of 576(More)
Eastern DRC has been the site of a protracted conflict in which sexual violence has been a defining feature. The method used was a retrospective registry-based study of sexual violence survivors presenting to Panzi Hospital between 2004 and 2008. This analysis aimed to describe the patterns of sexual violence described by survivors and to analyze(More)
INTRODUCTION For more than a decade, conflict in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been claiming lives. Within that conflict, sexual violence has been used by militia groups to intimidate and punish communities, and to control territory. This study aimed to: (1) investigate overall frequency in number of Eastern DRC sexual assaults from(More)
The conflict in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been particularly devastating for children and has been typified by high levels of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). In this study, we seek to characterize the patterns and impact of sexual violence on children in the Eastern DRC. Semi-structured questionnaires were administered among(More)
We propose a new minimally invasive technique by laparoscopic approach which minimizes parietal damage and allows precise location of the fistula, hence reduces blind dissection. Ten consecutive patients suffering from a HRVF benefited from the described technique. Location and time frame were east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and September 2012(More)
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is tremendously wealthy. Abundant in gold, diamonds, tantalum, tin, copper, zinc and cobalt, the natural resources in Africa's third largest country are not equally benefiting the people. The DRC should sustainably be making use of their natural resources to develop the country, whose health, education and(More)