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    "We cannot accept that today women still die in the act of giving birth."


    The September 2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were a bold step towards improving the health of women and children around the world, especially in developing countries, where their needs are most acute.

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    Our mission - waha international
    We partner with African and Asian midwife associations, university teaching hospitals, medical specialists and health authorities in order to implement innovative solutions which address the most immediate problems women face when trying to access healthcare services.

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    Mother and child EthiopiaEach day 800 women die worldwide from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, while millions more suffer from post partum injuries.

    Developing countries account for 99%  of all maternal deaths, with nearly three fifths of the maternal deaths occurring in  sub-Saharan Africa alone.

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  • The Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation

    The Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation was created in October 2010 by Sanofi to leverage more than 15 years of commitment to international solidarity.

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  • Gondar University Hospital - Ethiopia
  • Adama University (Assela School of Health) - Ethiopia
  • Jimma University Teaching Hospital - Ethiopia
  • AMREF - African Medical and Research Foundation
  • Campaign to End Fistula - UNFPA
  • International Society Of Fistula Surgeons - ISOFS
  • The Senegalese Initiative for Fistula Eradication
  • The Nigeria National Fistula Project
  • The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
  • United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority
  • The Fistula Foundation - USA
  • The Senegalese Ministry of Health and Prevention
  • African Midwives Research Network
  • LIRASEF - Cameroon
  • Ministry of Public Health in Cameroon
  • University Hospital of Yaounde (CHUY) - Cameroon
  • National Midwife Association of Cameroon
  • University of Hargeisa - Somaliland
  • Edna Adan Maternity and Teaching Hospital - Somaliland
  • Boroma Fistula Hospital, Somaliland
  • National Midwife Association of Benin
  • University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal
  • Chaîne de l’Espoir - France
  • The Grand Yoff General Hospital, Senegal
  • The Central Maternity of Zinder, Niger
  • PRINCE Health Foundation - India
  • Who’s Recruiting Direct
  • Dr Abbo's National Fistula & Urogynaecology Center - Sudan
  • AORTIC - African Organisation for Research & Training in Cancer
  • FIGO – The International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.
  • Médecins du Monde
  • International Hospital Federation (IHF)
  • Etihad Airways
  • The Ethiopia Fund
  • ShelterBox
  • Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation
  • The Guri Foundation



Strengthening obstetric care coverage in rural Ethiopia

Participants gathered at midwife training session

WAHA International, in partnership with the Fondation Sanofi Espoir, conducted a training session for midwives in the Arsi zone in Ethiopia from June 2nd to June 22nd.
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WAHA International in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Senegal and the Fistula Foundation has launched a project to treat obstetric fistula and reduce maternal mortality and morbidities in the region of Kedougou.
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From Fistula Patient to Community Maternal Health Advocate: The Story of Mamar

“I think that people need information. There is usually nobody to explain to us properly what the risks of delivering all alone are. How are women supposed to know about safe motherhood practices? We need to tell them.” Mamar, 18, a former fistula patient who is now using her experience to teach others about safe motherhood practices.


Maternity: a musical cartoon - Maternité: un dessin animé musical

(French below) A lively cartoon music video inspired by real stories of women who faced enormous obstacles to access care during childbirth. The song 'Maternity' was written and produced by Douman, a Senegalese musician, and the drawings are by French satirical cartoonist Rash Brax. Photos used as backgrounds and props were taken in Somalia, Ethiopia, Senegal and Nigeria, in maternal health projects WAHA is involved with. Ce dessin animé, inspiré d'histoires vraies, raconte les difficultés rencontrées par beaucoup de femmes pour recevoir les soins dont elles ont besoin pour accoucher en toute sécurité. La musique "Maternité" est écrite et produite par Douman, musicien sénégalais, et les dessins sont du dessinateur satirique Rash Brax. Les photos utilisées en arrière plan ont été prises en Somalie, Ethiopie, Sénégal et au Nigeria au cours de projets mis en place par WAHA International pour améliorer l'accès aux services de santé maternelle.


Gondar, Ethiopia


Defining unconditional support: 4 exemplary men

More often than not, women who contract obstetric fistula are abandoned by those they considered their closest relatives, including their life partners. Husbands who had promised to love their wives unconditionally, in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow flee the scene when the women suffer from incontinence. Beyond their physical wounds, most women with fistula also suffer from a deep feeling of betrayal and abandonment. More generally, obstetric fistula is widely seen as a “women’s problem”. But during our last visit of WAHA’s Fistula Center in Assella, we met with a group of inspiring men: husbands by their wives’ side, fathers consoling their daughters, sons taking care of their mothers. Here is what they had to say.


Fechar Fechar