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.
This week WAHA International in Ethiopia invited partners and main stakeholders to a formal opening of a new midwives' training center in Assela in Ethiopia's Oromia region. After cutting the ribbon WAHA organized discussions on how to collaborate to meet the goals of accelerating maternal and neonatal healthcare in the area.
Today WAHA International contributed medicines and surgical supplies to the National Center for Obstetric Fistula Referral at a ceremony in Niamey, Niger. This contribution will cover the need for all fistula repair supplies in the country and is a part of a wider strategy that aims at improving health infra-structure, patient transportation, training of health personnel and availability of medical supplies in countries where we work.
Two gynecologists, Dr. Victor Kwasi and Dr. Mvuama Guylain, joined the medical team at WAHA’s maternity ward in Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 2013. They performed numerous obstetric surgeries and attended to various post-partum complications.
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.