One of WAHA’s main collaborators, Dr. Serigne M. Gueye, urologist and fistula expert, was invited to the annual conference of Obstetrician and Gynecologists in Paris last week to give a speech about the African perspective on incontinence. We sat down with him at WAHA’s headquarters in Paris to discuss the progress of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity in the world.
Hypertensive disorder (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia) is the second most frequent cause of maternal mortality in the world, responsible for 18% of all maternal deaths (65,000 per year). The condition causes women to develop seizures during pregnancy or in the postpartum period, and can result in a coma, brain damage and maternal or infant death. As the eclamptic condition is unsafe for both a mother and her child, the condition requires prompt medical intervention to prevent further convulsions, control elevated blood pressure and, if possible, deliver the baby immediately.
WAHA International is participating in the mHealth Summit in Washington where mHealth experts and professionals from all sectors of development come together over a few days, and exchange ideas and experiences to explore innovative approaches to improve healthcare in disadvantaged communities around the world.
WAHA International is supporting a 13-day mission of two urologists and fistula experts to Mauritania where they will provide fistula surgeries and train medical staff. The doctors, Dr. Claude Dumurgier, a specialist in urology and fistula repair and an honorary member of the French Urology Association, and Dr. Ludovic Falandry, renowned urologist, have carried out more than 11 missions to Mauritania since 2005.
There was excitement in the air when the first group of midwives came together in the new training center in Assela in Ethiopia this month. Within few weeks WAHA International, in partnership with the Ethiopian Midwives' Association, the Teaching University Hospital of Assela and the Sanofi Hope Foundation, has revived a former hospital building to serve as a training center for midwives. The project is a part of a strategy to build capacity among midwives and improve their working conditions through improvements to infrastructure, patient transportation and medical equipment.
The Strength to Survive, a collection of paintings of fistula patients in Ethiopia by Rémi Courgeon, opens today as a part of the three-day art festival in Abu Dhabi. “We hope that the exhibition gives voice to women who are bravely fighting fistula in Ethiopia and worldwide,” said Cheikh Mbaye, General Manager of WAHA International, during the opening.