As part of its objectives to treat post-partum complications and build the capacities of medical personnel, WAHA International supported a mission to provide fistula repair surgery for 44 women and to train 4 gynecologists and 2 resident doctors currently based at the Mulago University Teaching Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.
In an official ceremony on Tuesday February 25th, WAHA handed the keys to 13 new motorbikes ambulances to the PROSMI (Maternal and Child Health Promotion) Foundation, led by Guinea's first lady, Ms. Hadja Djenè Kaba Condé as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two organizations.
“Obstetric fistula rarely kills physically, but it very often kills psychologically and emotionally”. Mulu Muleta, obstetrician and gynecologist for 22 years, knows what she is talking about. She has devoted her life to a struggle, to a battle long since forgotten by the international community: giving back the dignity and providing a second chance to women who suffer from fistula: a wound that ostracizes them and excludes them from society.
On Tuesday February 4th, WAHA and its partner UNFPA held the graduation ceremony of the first class of midwives at the Mogadishu Midwifery Training Institute (MMTI) in Somalia. Numerous government representatives from the ministries of health, education and culture were in attendance as well as the deputy prime minister.
In strengthening its projects in Somalia, WAHA International uses an innovative approach to ensure for women, especially those who live in regions with weak health infrastructure. Numerous partnerships with local and national actors help build local capacity with this in mind, WAHA International decided to strengthen the motorbike ambulances service in Somalia by distributing 15 new vehicles.
Since January 2013, WAHA International has been carrying out a much-needed community mobilization project in the Northern part of Ethiopia where maternal health outcomes are unacceptably poor.