In Sierra Leone, a shocking 1 out of 8 die during childbirth. Women who survive suffer unimaginably; effects that can include nerve damage preventing women walking and kidney diseases that lead to death if untreated; or, they endure obstetric fistulas that leave them incontinent, trickling urine and sometimes feces through the vagina. They are shunned by the community, ostracized by their husbands, discarded by their families as human debris and abandoned to fend for themselves, often to die.
This cause is very compelling - WHH teaming with Dr. Maggi on a medical mission in 2014, will treat women suffering with obstetric fistula - a devastating complication of delivery affecting the poorest women around the world. To provide obstetric fistula surgery, a woman needs to be housed about 6 months, provided meals and physiotherapy to ensure a strong body before surgery and monitored to be sure she heals after surgery. Training midwives to assist in delivery is an essential for prevention!
WHH partnering with the West Africa Fistula Foundation to perform fistula surgery will literally save the lives of hundreds of the most vulnerable Sierra Leone women and their unborn babies; restore them to physical, mental and emotional health, deliver them from rejection and isolation, return them to their families, empower the women to lift themselves - transforming their lives. Training midwives to prevent delivery complications is the critical step to stem the tide of obstetric fistulas.
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