I cannot stress how important the global immersion experience was for me as a person and as a professional. The ability to play a role in the tremendous impact an organization like the IOWD has had will remain with me for the rest of my life. It has given shape and context to my life and purpose to my ambitions. I have always been driven to build something in business without any particular end in mind. Going to Rwanda has motivated to build something as large as possible with a purpose to return and give back to the country. I have the starting of a plan, and it will take years to develop but I am excited to reach my potential.
Johnathan Max Barbierz Anesthesia nurse
IOWD represents one of the most impressive organizations of the 1,200 we work with. Their adherence to best practices, respectful partnership with Kibagabaga Hospital and integration with Rwanda’s health infrastructure, all contribute to lasting change in the health care capacity of the country in addition to the incredible impact their surgery teams have on many hundreds of women’s lives.
Ann Sawyer DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL OUTREACH, AMERICARES, USA
Allow me to thank you for what the team is doing for Rwandans in need. I am just speechless about the work you are doing!
Radegonde Ndejuru Personal Representative to the First Lady of Rwanda, Madam Kagame
Thank you for all you do for the women of Rwanda.
Anita Asiimwe MD Former Minister of State, Public Health & Primary Care, Rwanda
Thank you for accompanying Rwanda on our journey to development.
Agnes Binagwaho MD, PhD Former Minister of Health, Rwanda
I highly appreciate all the thing you have done for us. The cooperation with your organization will open for our staff more opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and professional skills.
Nguyen Viet Tien MD, PhD Director, National Hospital for Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vietnam
Kudos to you Barbara, not only for overseeing IOWD's altruistic efforts to improve the health of so many people in Rwanda, but also for inspiring others to reach higher. You have planted many seeds, and they are flowering.
Robert Friendlander Donor, USA
Barbara is a hero!
Odette Nyiramilimo MD Member, East African Legislative Assembly, Rwanda
The difference you make in this world allows each of the women to make a difference. You help me to believe.
Gay Harwin, Esq Donor, USA
We admire and thank you for your humanitarian work. You are some of our humanitarian heroes.
In the past, many international organizations have conducted medical missions at Kibagabaga District Hospital. IOWD is totally different because the doctors and nurses approach us with humility and respect. The shared sense of ownership has made our partnership with IOWD successful and sustainable.
Christian Ntizimira MD Former Medical Director, Kibagabaga District Hospital, Rwanda