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Since 2010 WAHA International has regularly supported the work of Dr Raassen and Dr Mahendeka in carrying out fistula repair surgery and training in Tanzania.


Tanzania has a population of approximately 39 million. Around 77 percent of the population lives in rural areas. Life expectancy for women is 50 years and men it's 51 years.

Maternal mortality figures have decreased this past decade in Tanzania, but still one out of 38 women is expected to die during delivery according to the UN latest report. There are large rural – urban and household disparities; approximately 81 percent of births occur in rural areas.

Source: WHO Country Cooperation Strategy Tanzania ;  WHO Global Health Observatory


In May 2010, WAHA International partnered up with Dr. Tom Raassen to provide periodic support by conducting  obstetric fistula repair sessions at the Sumbawanga Regional Hospital in Tanzania. The first session was conducted in May 2010 during which thirty-six women were operated on. The second session was held in October providing surgical treatment to thirty-seven women suffering from obstetric fistula. Sumbawanga is the regional capital of the Rukwa region in the South-West of Tanzania. Health infrastructure and performance have been traditionally poor in this region.

In addition, WAHA International conducted fistula repair surgery activities in the city of Mwanza. The Bugando Medical Centre serves as a referral hospital for a population of over 8 million people and has become an important referral centre for fistula patients from all over Tanzania.

Read our latest update from Tanzania.