Inauguration of the Bebe Diaraye Sylla Help Center

Inauguration of the Fistula Help CenterOn 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.

After the opening ceremonies for National Fistula Day, the attendees proceeded to Jean Paul II Hospital, where American Friends of Guinea proudly presented the newly completed “Bebe Diaraye Sylla Help Center”.

During AFG’s January visit to Jean Paul II, our Executive Director and Health Program Director discovered that there was a great necessity for a place to house the women who came to the hospital from out of town to undergo fistula operations.  AFG then became committed to supplying this need. To that end, the organization spent 50 thousand dollars to build a guest house in the premises of Jean Paul II hospital. This facility, graciously named after our Health Program Director, a native of Guinea, who has spent many years working with Jean Paul II and various other health facilities throughout Guinea, and who is truly the heart of AFG, can house 17 women at a time, and will serve also as a recovery area for patients, so they may receive post-surgery care until they are released from physician supervision.

Mrs. Sylla presented the keys to the guest house to the Mr. Diallo, the Director of Engender Health, in the presence of the government officials and the community leaders of Ratoma. The inaugural ribbon was cut by the wife of the Prime Minister, who attended the event as a representative of Guinea’s First Lady.

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