Malosi had been suffering stigma for many years, because of a fistula condition that she contracted during her very first delivery when she was just 17 years old. Malosi comes from Jiba, a remote village, east of Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
After 3 days in labour, Malosi finally delivered her stillborn child at home. She was not able to reach the hospital for a Cesarean section because of civil violence in the region.
The resulting fistula condition meant that she constantly leaked and smelled of urine. She could not go out in public to places like the local market, church, or community meetings. She was miserable and forced to live alone for many years as her husband and sadly, even her own family abandoned her.
By chance, she was identified by one of Rwankole Hospital’s field outreach initiatives and sent to the Hospital to undergo a fistula repair. The operation was successful. Three weeks after the operation she returned to her village.
Six months later Malosi returned to Rwankole for follow-up. She was totally cured, and she was so cheerful! She had started venturing out into the community again… and due to encouragement and counselling by Rwankole staff she forgave her husband. They are now reunited and going to church.
Not all fistulas are repairable but most operations return lives to hundreds of women each year’s due to the love, care and dedication shown by Rwankole Hospital staff.
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Rwankole Hospital Fistula Project - PROJECT: CA 509009
Rwankole Hospital has been repairing urogenital fistulas for about almost 15 years. Originally this work was performed by visiting surgeons, but for the past number of years a local surgeon and staff have been trained to continue the work.
The aim is to repair where possible fistulas caused through childbirth, restore women’s self-esteem, and expose both patients and their families to the gospel.
Funding covers approximately 100 fistula operations per year with subsidy for patient’s travel when necessary. When funds and staff are available, and when the worker’s safety is assured, off-site consultations at other hospitals and clinics are planned.