Fund Leah's Travel to Rwanda 2017
Organized by: Leah Moynihan
EVENT DATE Jan 27, 2017
I was lucky enough to travel to Kigali, Rwanda in February 2016 on a medical mission trip with the Internation Organization for Women in Development (IOWD). The IOWD works to provide treatment for women with childbirth related fistula.
What is a fistula? It's an abnormal connection between two organs. In women with childbirth-related fistula, the injury causes the woman to leak urine or stool or both. As you can imagine, it's impossible to stay clean with a fistula. The woman is unable to work or care for her family, and may even be forced to leave her home.
I learned on my trip last year that the indignity of fistula does not end with the humiliation of constant urine leakage. Many women who develop fistula have also lost their baby during the delivery. It became a routine question: "How many of your babies have died during delivery?" It's hard to imagine.
Last year during our 2 week mission, the team operated on 41 women. In case you aren't familiar with how operating rooms work, 41 is an amazing number for such a short time. It's only possible with the generosity of people like you who help people like me.
So help me get back to Rwanda. There's more to be done.