Fistula Day – May 25, 2011

Fistula DayOn Wednesday May 25th, 2011, AFG’s Health Program Director, Bebe Diaraye Sylla, attended the festivities in honor of the first ever National Fistula Day in Guinea. The event was organized by Engender Health, who has partnered with AFG to treat women who suffer from fistulas throughout Guinea. The Minister of Health, Dr. Naman Keita, the Minister of Social Service for Women and Children, the wife of Guinea’s Prime Minister, who was in attendance as a representative of the First Lady, the Governor of Conakry, the Mayor of Ratoma, where Jean Paul II Hospital is located, as well as many other community leaders attended the event. Also present at the ceremony was International Director of Fistula Programs from New York. Representatives from different government and health organizations spoke during the day, all focusing on ways to prevent and treat obstetrical fistulas in Guinea. Many women, who have suffered from this condition and are now cured, also came forward to relate their stories and express how the surgeries have affected their lives.

The government officials and community leaders commended AFG for its help and support to the Guinean people and the health system and conveyed their willingness to partner with the organization to provide real health solutions for the country.

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