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3 Programs to Watch In 2018

February 27, 2018

By WFF Staff

Take a look and stay posted for updates on how these programs grow!


Burkina Faso, Homeward Bound

When Dr. Itengré Ouédraogo first proposed launching services in his home country, Burkina Faso, we were excited — borderline giddy — at the prospect of reaching more women. After lots of research, many long phone conversations and exploratory trips to meet potential partners, including one made by Board Chair Dr. Chris Payne, we knew we needed to help the neglected women of this country.

Itengré was going home, and we were going with him.

Our first fistula camp in Burkina Faso was a year in the making. Itengré provided 20 women and girls with surgery, and many chose to participate in empowerment training with our local partner!

Itengré and WFF Founder Dr. Lewis Wall are currently exploring options to provide a recommendation for future services.

As we work to refine and develop our service plans in Burkina Faso, our plan is to double or triple the number of women we treat there in 2018!

Critical Care Capacity Building in Ethiopia

rahel-blog-pic.jpgIn order to prevent childbirth injuries from plaguing future generations of women, WFF has invested in a number of African-capacity building initiatives over the years.

Together with Washington University in St. Louis’ Global Health Center Institute for Public Health, Mekelle University and their Ayder Comprehensive Specialist Hospital, we’ll be providing the knowledge and skill-building training to develop and run an intensive care unit (ICU). It will be an expansion in vital services for this regional hospital for northern Ethiopia!

WFF Board Secretary Dr. Rahel Nardos and Dr. Wall are leads on this project. The purpose is to help build the capacity to provide critical care for women with obstetric complications, particularly those complications that are life threatening. We’ve already begun training! Urgent emphasis is being put on establishing protocols for emergency resuscitation because many physicians and nurses lack proper training in CPR.

Building Strength with Physical Therapy

tracy-blog-pic.jpgSix words are all it took to convince WFF Board Treasurer Tracy Spitznagle to become our Board liaise with 7-year partner, TERREWODE: Let’s launch a physical therapy program.

Which is exactly what we plan to do.

This initiative is part of a larger project TERREWODE is undertaking. Right now, they’re in the midst of constructing a fistula hospital, which we’re supporting through a pledge to help triple their treatment capacity over the next five years with a $675,000 grant — our largest grant ever.

But it doesn’t seem like enough. *Cue Tracy*

This new facility offers us an opportunity to launch a physical therapy program at TERREWODE! Physical therapy is vital to a woman’s optimal recovery after suffering a fistula.

Tracy is hoping to visit Uganda with Board Member Lynn Nye this year. Lynn has a great business mind, and the two will do wonderful work to advance our partnership with TERREWODE and bring healing to the women of Uganda!