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.
Dr. Ambaye Wolde Michael is one of WAHA’s fistula surgeons in Ethiopia and arguably one of the best surgeons in the world. With over 20 years of experience she has operated thousands of women with fistula, gaining the experience to deal with complex obstetric fistula and to repair challenging cases.
At the University Hospital Ignace Deen in Guinea-Conakry more women are coming in for fistula treatment than ever before. WAHA International partnered with the Fistula Foundation to increase capacity at the hospital and enable it to offer quality fistula care. Since early 2013 WAHA has renovated the urology department in the hospital offering a 30-bed patient facility and a fully equipped operation theatre. The project is a part of WAHA’s activities to improve fistula treatment and care in the country through renovating health facilities, contributing medical supplies, building local capacity and mobilizing communities.
We invite you to take a look at some of our many activities in 2013. From opening a new midwifery training program in Ethiopia to distributing our innovative maternal health motorbike ambulances in over 20 countries, we are proud of our accomplishments. As we look back we are also thankful for all our partners and supporters, without them none of this would be possible. There remains more on our horizon in 2014 and we look forward to strenghten current programs as well as implementing new ones, for the benefit of improved maternal and child health around the world.
One of WAHA’s main collaborators, Dr. Serigne M. Gueye, urologist and fistula expert, was invited to the annual conference of Obstetrician and Gynecologists in Paris last week to give a speech about the African perspective on incontinence. We sat down with him at WAHA’s headquarters in Paris to discuss the progress of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity in the world.
Hypertensive disorder (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia) is the second most frequent cause of maternal mortality in the world, responsible for 18% of all maternal deaths (65,000 per year). The condition causes women to develop seizures during pregnancy or in the postpartum period, and can result in a coma, brain damage and maternal or infant death. As the eclamptic condition is unsafe for both a mother and her child, the condition requires prompt medical intervention to prevent further convulsions, control elevated blood pressure and, if possible, deliver the baby immediately.