Worldwide Healing Hands

WHH believes that all women and babies should have access to healthcare. We are committed to providing that care both locally and internationally. We partner with medical organizations around the world to provide compassionate medical and surgical care in a way that is respectful to the cultural beliefs of the women. We bring together teams of physicians, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare workers to bring relief to women and children suffering from the lack of health care that most of us take for granted. We accomplish our mission by partnering with local medical providers and organizations who demonstrate a long-term interest in the health of the local community. Although w...
Jun 26, 2014

Sierra Leone: In Crisis - Save the Dying Mothers and Save their Babies!

Mohammed Fofana fathering mother-less infant son
Mohammed Fofana fathering mother-less infant son

Summary

WHH, serving under served women worldwide, travels to Sierra Leone this Fall; one of the most dangerous places on earth to give birth - infant and maternal deaths among the highest in the world! We’ll partner with West Africa Fistula Foundation, SUNY Upstate Medical University (New York), and University of Sierra Leone, to start a 1 yr internship for physicians and midwives in Bo, Sierra Leone, and grow a residency program. Ultimate goal - reduce maternal and infant mortality in Sierra Leone.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In Sierra Leone, women receiving prenatal care once during pregnancy was 81% in 2006–13, for the recommended minimum 4 visits it dropped to 56%. A shocking 1 out of 8 die during childbirth. Survivors suffer unimaginably; with nerve damage preventing walking, kidney disease leading to death if untreated; or obstetric fistulas leaving them incontinent, trickling urine, or feces, through the vagina - shunned, ostracized, discarded by community and family- left to fend for themselves, or die.

How will this project solve this problem?

Improved skilled obstetrical care is the key to reduce maternal mortality; training is vital. WHH, and our partners, will train physicians and midwives using a team approach, focusing on skills needed to decrease maternal mortality and morbid conditions like obstetric fistula. WHH just held a Hike 4 Healing locally, raising nearly $7400 in one day for this cause! The hike was challenging, but not near as challenging as this current crisis. ACT NOW - join us -save dying mothers and save their babies!

HIKE 4 HEALING: Our own Anthy reaches the summit
HIKE 4 HEALING: Our own Anthy reaches the summit
Worldwide Healing Hands logo
Worldwide Healing Hands logo
Dr. Paula Dhanda, founder: Worlwide Healing Hands
Dr. Paula Dhanda, founder: Worlwide Healing Hands
Dr. Maggi, founder: West Africa Fistula Foundation
Dr. Maggi, founder: West Africa Fistula Foundation
Feb 24, 2014

World Wide Healing Hands achieves goal of sustainability

Nepali Women Awaiting Treatment
Nepali Women Awaiting Treatment

Worldwide Healing Hands sent a team of ten volunteer medical professionals to Ilam, Nepal last October, 2013, to help improve the skills of the Nepali operating room staff and mentor 2 Nepali ob/gyn physicians (to perform gynecological surgery),1 Nepali anesthetist, 1 Nepali intern and 1intern from the UK. We also made 960 patient visits - outpatient as well as emergency visits, performed 625 ultrasound examinations, successfully performed 25 gynecological surgeries, delivered 4 babies, including 1 emergency operative vaginal delivery, introduced an innovative new surgical instrument, the LigaSure; and introduced a cervical cancer clinical practice prevention program. These were the medical aspects of our mission to Nepal.

In addition to the above, we conducted an extensive midwife training program; preparing in advance to train 10 midwives, we carried equipment for that number. However,18 midwives from the eastern region of Nepal traveled to Ilam for training. Many of these midwives traveled for 4-5 days, some of them either carrying their own young infants with them - or leaving them behind - just for the opportunity to attend our training, so we welcomed all eighteen. Please see the attached Nepal Mission 2013 report for a more complete description and extensive beautiful photos of the mission.

One of the nearly 1000 patients we tended, Namita, a 49 year old mother of 6 children, suffered from severe prolapse of her uterus and bladder causing her to be in constant pain. She heard on the radio that our team was coming to care for women and traveled about 100 miles by bus. Upon examination, it was evident she had had this condition for many years; she never dreamed anything could be done to help her. Our gynecologic team performed a hysterectomy to repair of the pelvic floor with an excellent outcome. Later, on evening rounds, we noted she had not been taking any pain medication after having undergone a major surgery just 10 hours earlier. We questioned this and the nurse translated for Namita saying," I have been suffering for over 20 years and you have saved me from this [future] pain. I am so grateful to all of you for what you have done - and I do not wish to complain."

Namita’s response bespeaks the common condition for the women of Nepal. For like Namita, their suffering is a way of life. No gynecologist had been in this remote area of Nepal for a year, not since our last mission in 2012. On behalf of Namita and many other grateful patients, we express our gratitude to all - who by your generosity - made it possible for us to travel to Nepal and make a sustainable contribution.

WORLDWIDE HEALING HANDS (WHH) keeps traveling to serve the women in under-served areas worldwide. We prepare now to travel to Sierra Leone in early Spring 2014. Sierra Leone is one of the most dangerous places on earth to give birth with a shocking 1 out of 7 women dying during childbirth; or if she lives, not having the transportation she needs to seek medical care from a midwife or hospital, she suffers prolonged labor ( 2 to 15 days) resulting in horrific obstetric fistulas. Please see our new project FISTULA SURGERY SAVES LIVES OF WOMEN IN SIERRA LEONE.

Training Midwives on Breach Birthing
Training Midwives on Breach Birthing
Healing Hands
Healing Hands

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Sep 3, 2013

Update on Worldwide Healing Hands 2013 Mission to Train Midwives in Nepal

Nepali women awaiting treatment each morning
Nepali women awaiting treatment each morning

On September 19, 2013, a second team of Worldwide Healing Hands volunteers traveled to Ilam, Nepal, to continue the midwife and surgical training begun last year. This year the midwife training camp housed and trained a total of 18 midwives, two local Nepali physicians (to perform gynecological surgery), 1 Nepali anesthetist, 1 Nepali intern and 1 intern from the UK - by performing multiple surgeries and examinations with them; in all we visited 960 patients - outpatient as well as emergency - performed 625 ultrasound treatments, successfully performed 25 gynecological surgeries and delivered 4 babies!!

Hundreds of women, some traveling days from all over the region lined up each day for the opportunity to receive medical care from our team. We prepared in advance to train10 midwives and thus carried equipment for that number. However,18 midwives from the eastern region of Nepal traveled to Ilam for training. Many of these midwives traveled for 4-5 days, some of them either carrying their own young infants with them - or leaving them behind - just for the opportunity to attend the training, so we welcomed all eighteen.

With the help of interpreters, our doctors, nurses, midwives, and others, our volunteers worked their utmost to serve the people who arrived in need of medical care. After long days, team members slept in tents on the hospital grounds to be continually close at hand during this mission

Training midwives was the main goal of the mission to Nepal. The midwives who attended left with new knowledge, new skills, many with "clean birthing" kits that allow for safer deliveries, and at least 10 were equipped with the basic supplies that allow them to carry on after our departure - doing their job even better than before, saving lives.

When you save a mother, you save a family. Your donations to Global Giving helped us to buy supplies such as the clean birthing kits, and the equipment that was given to the midwives for use long after the mission was completed.

We plan more medical missions to such remote areas in the near future. You can be proud and we are grateful to the donors at Global Giving.

 

Photos by Nathen DeHart

Volunteer Housing -Tents-on hosp. grnds to be near
Volunteer Housing -Tents-on hosp. grnds to be near
Dr. Dhanda training while performing surgery
Dr. Dhanda training while performing surgery
WHH midwife trains Nepali midwives breech birthing
WHH midwife trains Nepali midwives breech birthing
Nepali woman and baby at birth
Nepali woman and baby at birth
Healing hands . . .
Healing hands . . .

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