May 23 marked the UN International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, and our partners celebrated in a variety of ways around the world. Please enjoy this photo album of some of their activities and events.
WAHA International – Ethiopia
WAHA International and its partners in Ethiopia organized an official ceremony at our partner site Gondar University Hospital to mark the end of a new campaign to recruit women from the most remote villages of the region. In the second photo, Fistula Foundation Board member Denis Robson (center) is pictured with WAHA staff, including Fistula Foundation partner surgeon Dr. Mulu Muleta (right).
WADADIA – Kenya
WADADIA is one of our Action on Fistula outreach partners in Kenya. They organized a parade and community rally in western Kenya.
Uganda Village Project – Uganda
Uganda Village Project hosted a total of five community health fairs over the two weeks leading up to the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. These fairs educated the community about fistula in addition to providing information on services like HIV testing and family planning. At UVP’s community health fair in the village of Namunkesu, Fistula Ambassador Loy (in green shirt) conducted outreach sessions. Mariam (in red dress) spoke about her experience as a fistula survivor and the surgery she was able to access through UVP.
Daraja Mbili Vision Volunteers – Kenya
Daraja Mbili Vision Volunteers is one of our Action on Fistula outreach partners in Kenya. They organized a parade and community rally in Nyamira County.
Maternity Africa – Tanzania
Maternity Africa in Tanzania held a church service and community sensitization event, then visited with patients and presented them with tea and new blankets.
Disciples of Mercy – Kenya
Disciples of Mercy is one of our Action on Fistula outreach partners in Kenya. They hosted a community sensitization event in Kisumu County, which included this great mascot!
Gynocare Fistula Center – Kenya
Gynocare is part of our Action on Fistula treatment network in Kenya. They hosted an event in the town of Eldoret.
Dream Foundation Trust/Janum Network – Pakistan
Dream Foundation Trust in Pakistan organized this session to educate men in the community about fistula, as well as a separate event to educate health care workers on prevention and treatment options.
CCBRT – Tanzania
CCBRT held a press conference along with Vodacom Tanzania, UNFPA Tanzania, Amref Health Africa Tanzania and the Ministry of Health to raise awareness about their work to end fistula in Tanzania.
National Boroma Fistula Hospital – Somaliland
National Boroma Fistula Hospital in Somaliand hosted a panel as part of an event to raise awareness.