The Fistula Care Plus (FC+) project and the Maternal Health Task Force co-convened the first meeting of the FC+ International Research Advisory Group (IRAG) in July 2014 to examine research needs related to fistula prevention and treatment. This brief report presents research priorities identified through the meeting and an FC+ research action plan, developed in consultation with USAID. Priorities are organized by the four categories of research noted above. For each topic, key discussion points, illustrative study designs/research questions, and pending issues are noted if available. Topics have been ordered to reflect small group feedback and individual ratings.
The report closes with a summary of the topics that the FC+ project anticipates addressing through study development and other activities in the coming year. Appendices provide the meeting agenda and participants and other information from the meeting.