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.
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.