Social reintegration and rehabilitation of obstetric fistula patients before and after repair in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review

@article{Shallon2018SocialRA,
  title={Social reintegration and rehabilitation of obstetric fistula patients before and after repair in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review},
  author={Atuhaire Shallon and Oladosu Ojengbede and John Francis Mugisha and A. A. Odukogbe},
  journal={Nepal Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology},
  year={2018}
}
Aims: To review how social reintegration and rehabilitation processes are being executed among obstetric patients in Sub-Saharan Africa and highlight projects and programs involved. Methods: This is a systematic review involving a search of relevant literature from PubMed, Google scholar, PsychINFO, African Journals Online, Australian Journals Online, and open access journal of international organizations such as WHO, UNFPA, USAID, Engender Health, Fistula Foundation, and Fistula Care Plus… 
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