Josephine, 31 years old
Kisii Fistula Camp, Kenya
Josephine finished secondary high school in 1996.
She attended a year long course and now has a certificate to be a Nurse’s Aide. She dispenses drug like Panadol to people who live in the village and she also does dressings for minor wounds. She is paid around 5000 KSH/week (around 45€).
About 8 months ago, Josephine developped fistula. She told us her story.
When I was 5 months pregnant, my husband ran away and said that he didn’t want to have any more children. My community told me to go back to my husband but as he was looking for young girls I was afraid to have HIV/AIDS. There is a health center in Bumatché but the baby arrived at night…, it was so fast, so it all happened at my home. I was not assisted by anybody. Before I had my children at the health center. After this delivery I had a recto vaginal fistula.
Because of my fistula I went to Tabaka Mission Hospital and was told that I needed to pay 30.000 KSH (around 260€) for an operation to fix the problem. I could not afford it. I could not believe that it was me who had a fistula. Nobody knew about my problem, only my mother, my father and my elder sister. It was my older sister who gave me information about the fistula camp.
After my operation at Kisii Camp I feel very happy. When I go home I will cook some chickens and have a party with my sons. I am determined and I will buy some land for my children.