SUMMIT OF LEE, Mo., 23 November 2021 / PRNewswire / – Dignity: Liberia’s maternity waiting home, House of Hope and Dignity, is expected to be operational in 2022. The home will provide maternal health care and treat a common but preventable injury: obstetric fistula.
Obstetric fistula affects approximately 1,200 Liberian women each year. This is a serious tear between a woman’s birth canal and her bladder or rectum, usually resulting from obstructed labor or sexual assault. On average, bast fistula patients are seventeen years old and have had their fistula for five years. Without prevention or treatment of fistulas, they can expect to experience lifelong physical pain, social shame, and chronic symptoms like incontinence.
Sunday K. Johnson, Town Chief of Varney Goyah, Todee District, reports that fistula is one of the main problems facing Liberia, especially in the villages. He welcomed the association, saying that it is difficult for the villagers to get to Monrovia or even near Kakata when medical needs arise. The village is already seeing a positive economic impact; Dignity: Liberia hired several construction workers in the village, as well as a cook to provide daily meals for the workers.
House of Hope and Dignity will help prevent fistula by offering regular obstetric appointments to identify high-risk patients and provide assisted deliveries. Partnering with the Liberian government and its citizens will be essential to ensure the sustainability of the facility.
They are looking for donors and advocates for the project through their Big Push fundraising campaign.
Dignity: Liberia is a 501c3 non-profit organization with ten years of experience in providing maternal care, specifically the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula. The members of its board of directors grew up in Liberia or developed strong ties to the country as adults. Dignity: Liberia is also a registered Liberian NGO. The organization partners with local medical and business communities and those who work most closely with fistula survivors. Dignity: Liberia has launched a fundraising campaign, The Big Push.
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