WAHA’s innovative motorbike ambulances are being distributed in 19 countries this month. The ambulances have already been deployed in eight Caribbean countries and five countries in Africa, namely Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon and Malawi.
WAHA is extending its activities in the area of Assela in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, focusing on capacity building among midwives and improving their working environment. Activities will include accelerating healthcare and delivery conditions, and strengthening referral systems with mobile phones and motorbike ambulances.
“Programs like WAHA's are vital when you consider the fate that currently befalls these courageous women, children and families” (Kirk Koening). “I suddenly realized that these women received very little respect other than the care they received at the Fistula Center” (Kelly Yee).
Last month 46 women received fistula surgery at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, where WAHA has drastically increased maternal health activities and made profound advancements in facility renovations, personnel training, and access to medical supplies. WAHA's medical team also attended to three obstetric emergencies in September.
The mHealth Alliance and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) announced that WAHA International is one of the winners of the catalytic grants provided through the Innovation Working Group (IWG), in support of the Every Woman, Every Child movement.
WAHA International donated 26 motorbike ambulances last week to be distributed throughout Chad by the Ministry of Health. They were formally presented to the first lady of Chad, Ms. Hinda Déby Itno, during a ceremony at the Hôpital de la Mère et de l'Enfant in the capital of Chad, N’djamena.