KMTC course on pelvic floor dysfunction to boost fistula treatment

Friday, January 24th, 2020 00:00 |
KMTC students studying in a library. The college has unveiled a new programme on women’s health. Photo/COURTESY

While giving birth, some women suffer pelvic floor dysfunction and conditions such as fistula, which come with severe complications and impact on the dignity of patients. 

To help with treating such cases, Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC), in partnership with the Jackson’s Foundation, has introduced a pelvic floor rehabilitation/women health course to equip physiotherapists with skills to examine, diagnose and treat patients. 

The course, which started at the college’s Department of Physiotherapy last year April, is a first of its kind in East and Central Africa.

The specialised training focuses on common pelvic floor dysfunctions experienced in Kenya, and brings a paradigm shift in the management of the conditions. 

It is designed to provide a thorough introduction to female pelvic floor function, dysfunction and treatment interventions.

It equips physiotherapists with knowledge and skills in women health and in urinary incontinence or the musculoskeletal components of urogynecology pain syndromes such as chronic pelvic pain, vulvar pain, and interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. 

The course is divided into three levels and covers topics instrumental in the treatment of fistula, and in management of female genital mutilation-related complications, among others with great clinical reasoning using the latest evidence-based practices. 

Upon completion, trainees have mentorship sessions during regular patient care. 

Selected participants are then mentored to develop a local pool of facilitators for sustainability of the programme.

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