WAHA International is proud to share this moving video about obstetric fistula from our partner Johnson & Johnson which features WAHA's Dr. Mulu Muleta. Although obstetric fistula is a preventable and treatable condition, it still remains a common problem in developing countries. We are happy to work with organizations like Johnson & Johnson to put an end to fistula.
Across the world, midwives are helping women give birth safely. For this year's International Day of the Midwife, WAHA invites you to take a look at some of our work with midwives. With maternal mortality rates still high, WAHA recognizes that midwives are more important than ever, and we reaffirm our commitment to improving midwifery throughout the world.
WAHA International's renovations at the National Teaching Hospital Ignace Deen will improve access to quality healthcare in Conakry, Guinea. The refurbishment, featured here on Guinea's national television channel Radio Télévision Guinéenne (RTG), was carried out in the hospital's urology department and will give way to a 10-bed fistula ward. Ceilings, floors, and walls have been improved. New medical equipment, including hospital beds and operating tables, has better prepared the hospital to meet the high number of fistula cases in the region. This is only the beginning of WAHA's campaign to increase access to maternal health in Guinea. 1500 obstetric fistula cases are expected to be operated on per year.
(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.
Meet Micheline. She had obstetric fistula, an injury in the birth canal caused by prolonged labour without access to adequate medical care. She was able to undergo surgical repair, and with the support of UNFPA became fistula ambassador. She now works as nursing aid in the Center for Reproductive Health and Fistula Repair in N'djamena, the capital of Chad. WAHA International has been supporting the centre since 2011, helping with training and surgery. Our teams work regularly with Micheline who shared her story with us.
This new motorcycle ambulance was designed by WAHA to improve access to maternal health care services for women living in underserved regions and reduce maternal death. This motorcycle ambulance includes enough space for a health worker and caregiver to accompany the patient and ensures patient privacy. A first model of the motorcycle ambulance was pilot tested in Senegal in 2010. An upgraded design was finalized by WAHA in 2011 who then produced 100 new motorbike ambulances with the support of the Fistula Foundation. They are being deployed in Senegal, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Cette nouvelle moto-ambulance a été conçu par WAHA pour permettre aux femmes un accès rapide aux soins pendant l'accouchement et réduire la mortalité maternelle. La moto-ambulance est assez grande pour qu'un soignant et un membre de la famille puissent accompagner la patiente et permet également de préserver l'intimité de la patiente. Le premier modèle de moto-ambulance a été testé au Sénégal en 2010. Un modèle amélioré a été finalisé para WAHA en 2011, et finalement 100 moto-ambulances ont été produites par WAHA avec le soutien du Fistula Foundation. Elles sont déployées en Ethiopie, Sénégal, Somalie et au Kenya.