“Obstetric fistula rarely kills physically, but it very often kills psychologically and emotionally”. Mulu Muleta, obstetrician and gynecologist for 22 years, knows what she is talking about. She has devoted her life to a struggle, to a battle long since forgotten by the international community: giving back the dignity and providing a second chance to women who suffer from fistula: a wound that ostracizes them and excludes them from society.
On Tuesday February 4th, WAHA and its partner UNFPA held the graduation ceremony of the first class of midwives at the Mogadishu Midwifery Training Institute (MMTI) in Somalia. Numerous government representatives from the ministries of health, education and culture were in attendance as well as the deputy prime minister.
In strengthening its projects in Somalia, WAHA International uses an innovative approach to ensure for women, especially those who live in regions with weak health infrastructure. Numerous partnerships with local and national actors help build local capacity with this in mind, WAHA International decided to strengthen the motorbike ambulances service in Somalia by distributing 15 new vehicles.
Since January 2013, WAHA International has been carrying out a much-needed community mobilization project in the Northern part of Ethiopia where maternal health outcomes are unacceptably poor.
Dr. Ambaye Wolde Michael is one of WAHA’s fistula surgeons in Ethiopia and arguably one of the best surgeons in the world. With over 20 years of experience she has operated thousands of women with fistula, gaining the experience to deal with complex obstetric fistula and to repair challenging cases.
At the University Hospital Ignace Deen in Guinea-Conakry more women are coming in for fistula treatment than ever before. WAHA International partnered with the Fistula Foundation to increase capacity at the hospital and enable it to offer quality fistula care. Since early 2013 WAHA has renovated the urology department in the hospital offering a 30-bed patient facility and a fully equipped operation theatre. The project is a part of WAHA’s activities to improve fistula treatment and care in the country through renovating health facilities, contributing medical supplies, building local capacity and mobilizing communities.