Your donation will help us offer free repair surgery to women in Rwanda who didn't have access to quality medical care and suffered serious injuries during childbirth.
Our volunteer doctors and nurses are going to Rwanda in November 2019 to help 15 women living with obstetric fistula. They will also examine women who had their surgery in 2018 and offer training to local health professionals.
What is obstetric fistula?
It is one of the most serious and dangerous lesions that can occur during childbirth. It is a perforation between the vagina and the bladder or rectum during prolonged work. It causes leakage of urine and feces through the vagina and leads to chronic medical problems in the longer term. The women who suffer from it are then victims of urinary and fecal incontinence affecting their physical and mental health. They are often excluded from their communities, condemned to depression, and unable to work or go to school.
You may have never heard of it because it hardly exists in countries where women have access to quality obstetric care. This is unfortunately not the case for thousands of women in Africa. Surgical treatment is possible, but local health centres often lack resources and training to perform these complex operations.
Donate any amount or choose from the list below.
- With only $10 you give a woman the essential goods for her hospital stay.
- With $20 you provide her transportation from her village to the hospital.
- With $50 you feed a patient for a week.
- With 100$, you give a woman all the medication that she needs for her surgery and recovery.
- With 1500$, you allow one of our volunteer doctors to travel from Montreal to the Ruhengeri Hospital in Rwanda.
Thank you so much for supporting our efforts to improve maternal health in Rwanda.
FONDATION MÈRES DU MONDE EN SANTÉ
Created in Montreal in 2011, the MMS Foundation is the only non-profit in Canada working to eliminate obstetric fistula in Africa, as part of a world-wide effort to improve maternal health. The Foundation's volunteer team organizes two medical missions each year, and has offered care to more than 80 women in Burkina Faso in Rwanda.
For more information:
- Website | Facebook | Instagram
- A scientific article presenting the results of the anthropological study carried out by the Foundation to better understand the experiences of women living with obstetric fistula in Burkina Faso and the impacts of repair surgery on their quality of life.
- A documentary that allows you to follow the Foundation's team during a two-week medical mission in Burkina Faso.
- Short videos with our volunteer doctors and nurses: Jacques & Christiane, Duane, and Ryan.