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Table 4 Communication and access to the screenings in Kebbi State and Cross River State (N = 268)

From: Community-based screening for obstetric fistula in Nigeria: a novel approach

  Kebbi State (N = 88) n(%) Cross River State (N = 180) n(%) TOTAL (N = 268) n(%)
Messaging*
 The continuous leakage of urine or feces or both through woman’s private part is called a fistula. n/a 56 (65.9) 56 (65.9)
 This condition can be completely treated through surgical operation in the hospital. n/a 63 (74.1) 63 (74.1)
 The women who are identified with this condition at the screening will be operated free of charge. n/a 48 (56.5) 48 (56.5)
 Women with other forms of leakage not related to fistula will be referred to other hospitals to get treatment, where they shall bear the cost of transportation and operations. n/a 71 (83.5) 71 (83.5)
Source of information about the screenings
 Community organization 5 (5.7) 34 (18.9) 39 (14.5)
 Radio spots 1 (1.1) 1 (0.6) 2 (0.7)
 Family 19 (21.6) 17 (9.4) 36 (13.4)
 Acquaintance/friend 8 (9.1) 7 (3.9) 15 (5.6)
 Town crier 3 (3.4) 57 (31.7) 60 (22.4)
 Village head 40 (45.4) 1 (0.6) 41 (15.3)
 Church related staff 0 (0) 40 (22.2) 40 (14.9)
 Health care staff 9 (10.2) 18 (10.0) 27 (10.1)
 Other 3 (3.4) 5 (2.8) 8 (3.0)
Transportation to the screenings**
 On foot 5 (5.7) 55 (30.5) 60 (22.4)
 Motorcycle 34 (38.6) 82 (45.5) 116 (43.3)
 Car 52 (59.1) 38 (21.1) 90 (33.6)
 Taxi/Public Moto 9 (10.2) 8 (4.4) 17 (6.3)
 Bus 0 (0.0) 1.0 (0.5) 1 (0.4)
 Other 0 (0.0) 1 (0.6) 1 (0.4)
Accompaniment to the screenings
 Alone 46 (52.3) 153 (85.0) 199 (74.2)
 Husband 10 (11.4) 4 (2.2) 14 (5.2)
 Mother/Father 7 (7.9) 4 (2.2) 11 (4.1)
 Sister/Brother 4 (4.5) 7 (3.9) 11 (4.1)
 Friend/Acquaintance 11 (12.5) 3 (1.7) 14 (5.2)
 Other family 10 (11.4) 9 (5.0) 19 (7.1)
  1. *This set of specific questions on the correct understanding of specific messages used in the communities during the outreach activities were added after the Kebbi screenings; therefore we only have data from the Cross River State screenings.
  2. **Women might have reported more than one transportation method.