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Table 2 Demographic and obstetric characteristics of women with an obstetric fistula seeking care for the first time at GFC, Gitega, Burundi

From: Obstetric Fistula in Burundi: a comprehensive approach to managing women with this neglected disease

Variable n (%)
Total 470
Age (years)  
 > 20 16 (3)
 20 – 29 171 (36)
 30 - 39 142 (30)
 40 + 140 (30)
 Unknown 1 (0.2)
 Median, years (IQR) 31 (25–40)
Marital status  
 Single 54 (11)
 Married 255 (54)
 Separated 105 (22)
 Widowed 47 (10)
 Unknown 9 (2)
Parity  
 One birth 206 (44)
 Two births 73 (15)
 Three or more 181 (39)
 Unknown 10 (2)
 Median births (IQR) 2 (1–4)
Type of obstetric fistula  
 VVF 407 (87)
 RVF 42 (9)
 VVF & RVF 21 (4)
Duration of fistula (years)  
 < 1 109 (23)
 1-4 83 (18)
 5-10 89 (19)
 10+ 144 (31)
 Unknown 45 (10)
 Median, years (IQR) 6 (1–13)
Initial Intervention at GFC  
 None* 12 (3)
 Catheter only 4 (1)
 Catheter followed by surgical repair 31 (7)
 Surgical repair only 423 (90)
  1. GFC Gitega fistula centre, IQR Interquartile range, VVF Vesico-vaginal fistula, RVF Recto-vaginal fistula.
  2. * Several women did not receive treatment on their first admission to GFC due to the presence of other co-morbidities and/or complications.