Over the last four years, we have witnessed the reuniting of at least one family per year after women have undergone successful fistula surgeries held at our facility.
The hospital, supported by Dr, Verena, has run Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) surgery camps for the last ten years registering increasing numbers, the majority coming from other parts of the country for this life changing opportunity, Gift is one of them.
Gift, a 23 year old, had been living with fistula for two years which she occurred during her third delivery in the village with the help of a traditional birth attendant. She now feels healthy and has reunited with her husband to take care of their children.
“I had lived in pain and torture for two years. My husband abandoned me due to the condition I was in and left me with three children”. Gift narrated.
Conditions operated on included VVF, uterine prolapse, uterine procidencia, forth degree perennial tear, and cystocele. The VVF camp started in 2011 and has since made a positive difference for women as far as over 1000 kilometres away from the hospital.
Dr. Forat with the entire AFRICOMED team, through their flourishing partnership, have supported several surgical camps.
In November last year, we conducted a urology camp, where over twenty men benefited. Notably, all these were endoscopic surgery and we have pioneered this new technique in the region.
Dr.Kurigamba, a surgeon at BCH, says the surgical camps have changed peoples’ lives,especially those whose dignity and families have been restored, and offers a learning opportunity to our nurses and doctors who assist during the operations.