Our partner in Guinea, EngenderHealth, dealt with an unexpected challenge in the past year: the Ebola outbreak. As one of three West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak, Guinea reported more than 2,500 Ebola-related deaths. During the epidemic, the government required that all women arriving at the health facility in Conakry undergo a 21-day observation period before receiving treatment, to confirm that they were free of the virus. The longer hospital stays increased costs for each patient, and their nutritional needs and other expenses were covered by your generous support. Thankfully, none of the fistula patients were found to have Ebola. In addition to funding surgeries for 98 women, your support made a door-to-door outreach campaign possible and provided training for three surgeons and 34 health workers.
This story originally appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of our newsletter, Transformations.