Tag Archive: Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

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

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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Oct 27

Ask Dr. R: Want to Volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

How do I volunteer for this? Linda McDermott, CNM, FNP Los Angeles CA Hello! To investigate volunteer options, go to www.hhi.harvard.edu and let them know you are interested in volunteering. This is the group I work with. Or you can check out http://www.theirc.org/volunteering, which also has an established DRC post, and a volunteer program! Best …

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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 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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