WAHA International and the President of the National Midwives Association of Benin, Mme Monteiro are organising the first international midwives conference for midwife associations in West and Central Africa. The conference will take place in Cotonou in Benin between the 18-19th May and will explore the role of midwives in the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula.
"We’ve seen 3 obstetric fistula patients coming all the way from south of Mogadishu in Somalia,” says Dr Essam from WAHA International. “It took them two days to come here. We also treated a Somali woman who has suffered from vesicovaginal fistula for the past 20 years. She has been through a very difficult time as she lost her five children and her husband in the war there. She now lives with some relatives in Somaliland.”
A new medical programme to treat patients suffering from obstetric fistula at Edna Hospital in Hargeisa in Somaliland is now underway! WAHA International and the UAE Red Crescent are implementing the project and a team of four surgeons from WAHA International (Dr. Sinan, Dr Mulu, Dr. Ambaye and Dr Essam) are present at this hospital along with an anesthetist, Dr Merzouga. 50 patients will receive treatment this week and several anaesthetists and surgeons will be trained.
WAHA International and the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority have received a donation of a fully equipped mobile delivery room from Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Fund for Women and Child Refugees in partnership with UNHCR.
In collaboration with AMREF, WAHA International started a fistula camp in Kenya. The Nazareth VVF camp will continue until Saturday. We expect to operate 25 to 35 patients.
WAHA International will be present at the Women Deliver conference taking place in Washington DC in June this year. The theme of the conference is: "Delivering solutions for girls and women," and it will focus on political, economic, social/cultural, and technological solutions.