A holistic approach to fistula treatment entails the physical (surgeries) and the psychological which entails raising the self-esteem of the clients both before and after repair. Due to the high stigmatization of the women with this condition there is need to go beyond the surgery to cure fistula. This necessitated the start of the reintegration programme of the Fistula survivors which is implemented by WADADIA with the support from FISTULA Foundation. Under this programme WADADIA has devised various ways of raising the self-esteem and status of these women after the repair. This is done through structured follow-up of the clients, provision of individual and group psycho social therapy through formation of support groups. WADADIA has six operational support groups in Kakamega, Bungoma and Westpokot Counties. The Support groups usually have experience sharing sessions, group counselling sessions and peer counselling.
The chesikaki Fistula support group.
WADADIA staff attended three support group meetings in Bungoma County. These meetings were held at Chesikaka, Cheptais and Chepsienya. At Chesikaka, the support group have a merry go round and table banking where they save money to start projects. At Chesikaka the team met a group of jovial women who are united by their journey with Fistula, they meet twice a month to share their stories, encourage each other and share both social and economic ideas. With Wadadia’s help they have been able to plant vegetables, tomatoes and are now planning to acquire goats. They are able to sell the produce from the farm as a group, therefore take care of their small families and make decisions that concern them directly. Their lives are back to normal after the repair, since they can freely interact with other people which was unheard of before the treatment. The support groups has transformed them a lot and risen their self-esteem. In their groups, they are able to brainstorm and choose bigger IGAs that they can graduate to through the support of WADADIA. To these women, WADADIA is a blessing to their lives and their family members.
Indeed there is light at the end of the tunnel