Tag Archive: fistula

Dec 13

Obstetric Fistula: an eradicable blight on women’s lives. Let’s end it.

  UNFPA campaign to end obstetric fistula invites you to change the world.

Dec 01

Maternal Mortality in Niger & Fashion International de la Mode Africaine 2011

Fashion Internationale de la Mode Africaine FIMA 2011 It was a pleasure to return to Niamey, Niger, this trip by far the most fashionable, sponsored by internationally renowned designer Alphadi and his innovative wife Kadidja, along with United States Ambassador Bisa Williams and the First Lady of Niger, colleague Dr Malika Issoufou Mahamadou. Promoting health and wellness …

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Dec 08

“Yankan Gishiri” cutting, a home remedy, cause fistula in Niger and Nigeria

(c) 2010 Lauri Romanzi In the Hausa/Fulani region of Northern Nigeria and Southern Niger, “Gishiri” is the term for salt, for “tasty” and slang for the genitalia of both sexes. “Yankan” is the word for cutting, and “Yankan Gishiri” (cutting with salt) has been used for generations as a local remedy for all sorts of …

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Nov 29

Kidogo Kidogo, fixing uterine prolapse in an incubator of extremis called the DRC

It’s not easy being a girl. I’m  here in DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) where I and my American colleagues usually help the Panzi Hospital gyn and fistula surgeons fix fistulas and figure out ways to deal with less than perfect fistula repair results or how best to care for the “unfixables” – women with …

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Nov 25

Turn off the Tap = PREVENTION – The #1 Global Goal for Fistula

(c) L. Romanzi 2010 After I complete this Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (www.hhi.harvard.edu) sponsored mission for fistula, prolapse, incontinence training and teaching, surgical technique exchange, and clinical protocol development at Panzi Hospital (www.panzihospitalbukavu.org) next week, I’ll attend the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS) 4th annual meeting in Dakar, Senegal (isofs). ISOFS a surgical society is founded …

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Nov 25

The Step-Sisters of Fistula – Minimally Invasive Uterine Resuspension- Hysteropexy C’est Arrive au DR Congo.

NOV 23, 2010 (c) L Romanzi 2010 The Step-Sisters of Fistula – Minimally Invasive Uterine Resuspension- Hysteropexy C’est Arrive au DR Congo. It is difficult to express how impressed I am during each and every Harvard Humanitarian Initiative mission (www.hhi.harvard.edu) by the  skilled, motivated, and wise  pelvic floor – fistula surgeons at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, …

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Sep 05

Ambulance by Chair takes you where? Nyatende Hospital, where fistula is rare.

Where does that Kalagane Ambulance Chair take you? Nyatende Hospital – 4 km away. Site Visit Nyatende Hospital (referral hospital for Kalagane Health Center) We spoke with the senior surgeon, Dr. Vincent Cibavunya. He has been there for 10 years. He has 6 MDs working with him at Nyatende now. This is a Catholic hospital, …

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Aug 16

Vaginal Politics Day 2: DR Congo South Kivu chronicles August 16, 2010

In an infrastructure and cash-strapped country, where corruption rules and chaos is not a choice, what’s more important? Funding more “fixing of Problem X” or funding ways to prevent Problem X while maintaining current methods by which Problem X gets fixed?  From what I gleaned at the hospital today, the doctors and other powers-that-be choose …

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Aug 15

Vaginal Politics: DR Congo South Kivu chronicles August 15, 2010

What’s with my brain’s insistence on using Frank Sinatra’s “New York” as the default song-stuck-in-your-head soundtrack whenever I’m working in Democratic Republic of Congo? Freshly arrived in the southern Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo after 18 hours flight time and 5 hours drive from Kigali, Rwanda, I am pleased to report that …

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Nov 25

Congo Chronicles – Rape, Chaos and Vaginal Politics in DR Congo

Congo Chronicles October 2008 –     Fishing boats at dusk, Lake Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo Standing in the middle of a battalion of Chinese soldiers on line at the Rwandan side of the Congolese border, apprehension tickles my belly as I contemplate the active end of the assault rifle resting over the shoulder …

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