The West Africa Fistula Foundation (WAFF) was founded to bring value back to the lives of the women of Sierra Leone by providing them with access to education and resources to help reduce the number of new fistulas and to surgically remedy those that already exist. The West Africa Fistula Foundation is a foundation dedicated and designed to empower the people of Sierra Leone to become more healthy and economically secure, by giving them the abilities and the knowledge to support themselves and their families.
Sierra Leone has become the worlds poorest country due to the havoc and devastation caused by over 10 years of civil war. The lack and inadequacy of their ability to provide obstetric, gynecological care and services have resulted in a extremely high number of obstetric fistula cases, commonly known and referred to as Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF). This an abnormal connection between the bladder and the vagina caused by obstructed labor during child birth. These women can spend from 2 to 15 days of labor, as there is not a choice for a Cesarean childbirth in most third world countries. It's estimated that 2 - 3 million women in Africa suffer from (VVF).
The main goal and objective at West Africa Fistula Foundation is to provide not only badly needed medical treatment, but also a working staff built upon from with-in the country itself, to establish proper care and treatment for this terrible condition that these women must endure day in and day out. They are often ostracized by the communities that they live in and their husbands usually abandon them to fend for themselves. Many die in labor there-by creating the worlds highest documented maternal mortality rate among the nations of the world.
With your help and donations we can eliminate this forgotten epidemic:
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We are extremely fortunate to have heading up the Medical Arm of the new project Dr. Philip A. Koroma the ONLY Ob-Gyn in the entire Provinces of Sierra Leone. We have collaborated with the Bo Government Hospital. Our ultimate goal is to establish a Medical Center that will provide comprehensive medical care in all medical specialties and provide a teaching environment for Sierra Leonean medical students, resident physicians, nursing students, lab technicians and other medical services. With this process we are hopeful that the final result will have provided Capacity Building and Sustainability.
Visit the West Africa Medical Center website.
View the video below for more detail regarding the Medical Center:
An interesting footnote is that the first ever reported fistula centre was in the mid 1850's in New York City. By the late 1800's it was shut down because the practice of modern obstetrics and caesarean sections were being made available to the patients. Hopefully this centre will contribute to the epidemic being forgotten.