A new medical programme to treat patients suffering from obstetric fistula at Edna Hospital in Hargeisa in Somaliland is now underway! WAHA International and the UAE Red Crescent are implementing the project and a team of four surgeons from WAHA International (Dr. Sinan, Dr Mulu, Dr. Ambaye and Dr Essam) are present at this hospital along with an anesthetist, Dr Merzouga. 50 patients will receive treatment this week and several anaesthetists and surgeons will be trained.
WAHA International and the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority have received a donation of a fully equipped mobile delivery room from Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Fund for Women and Child Refugees in partnership with UNHCR.
In collaboration with AMREF, WAHA International started a fistula camp in Kenya. The Nazareth VVF camp will continue until Saturday. We expect to operate 25 to 35 patients.
WAHA International will be present at the Women Deliver conference taking place in Washington DC in June this year. The theme of the conference is: "Delivering solutions for girls and women," and it will focus on political, economic, social/cultural, and technological solutions.
On the 3-8th May, WAHA International will be undertaking an Obstetric Fistula Surgical Mission at Mary Immaculate Dor Mapuordit Hospital in South Sudan, in collaboration with Dr. Tom Raassen. During the fistula camp, Dr. Tom Raassen will operate many women, but he will also provide theoretical background information on fistula repair and train and supervise local surgeons.
Dr. Essam Elsayed, WAHA surgeon, has arrived in Somaliland and he is currently making an assessment of the materials that we will need for the fistula camp in Edna Hospital which will start on May 1.