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Since April 2010, IOWD teams have traveled to Rwanda 14 times. Although many prospective patients live in the capital of Kigali, others have traveled for hours from the rural areas, seeking help. We have examined more than 1300 women at Kibagabaga Hospital. Every woman who shows up at Kibagabaga is examined. During our 2-week visits, we have been able to perform 489 surgical procedures.

Not only do our surgeons repair the fistulas, but more often than not, the doctors need to perform a 2nd operation to repair stress incontinence (leakage through the urethra) in the same patient, once the fistula is closed. Frequently, the damage is so extensive that IOWD surgeons must reconstruct the entire anterior vaginal wall, bladder neck and urethra, and sometimes they must move ureters to a new position.

Since we started our program at Kibagabaga Hospital, approximately 1,313 women have shown up for help. Each woman or child is examined; some are scheduled for surgery; others, who are too severely damaged internally, cannot be helped, and are sent home. It is clearly a very difficult decision, and a sad one...but we realize that not every person will benefit from surgery.

In Kibagabaga Hospital, King Faisal Hospital, Kanombe Military Hospital and Rwamagana Hospital, our doctors are lecturing, performing surgeries and mentoring young doctors. Because we return to Rwanda three times a year, we are building relationships with the medical staff at all four hospitals, making each trip better than the one before.

The pictures below, and throughout the website, tell the stories of our work in Rwanda.

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Mid wife Grace with very happy patient.


Fabulous Rwandan Medical Students Patrick, Athanase and Jackson


Some of the April team


Dr. Alphonse showing off the new curtains, donated by IOWD, for the delivery room at Kibagabaga Hospital


Mid-wife Immaculee, Medical student Athanase and Social worker, Scholast


Medical Student Carin and Dr. Liz interviewing a patient


IOWD team and Kibagabaga Nurses


Rwandan Dr. Denis, assisting in surgery


IOWD and Rwandan Anesthetists preparing patient for surgery


IOWD Nurse Marie with a patient


Patients posing for camera!


Dr. Stacey and Dr. Ramses performed a
very difficult cesarean section on this patient in 2013. The young woman
returned to say hello and offer her thanks to the doctors... and show off her beautiful baby.


Dr. Jeff and Rwandan medical student, Axelle, with their patient


Drs. Roberta, Sharon, Briana and Denis, a wonderfully skilled Rwandan doctor


Very happy patients


Dr Peter and Dr. Saifuddin in surgery


Dr. Star and medical student, Allison, talking to the patients.


Professor Janet taking patient’s blood pressure.


February team members


Patients waiting to be examined


Drs. Linda, Corinne, Dave and Moise


Anesthesia team: Jessica, Kathryn, Dr. David, Janet, Rachael and Leona


Dr. David and Nurse at Kanombe Military Hospital


Patients and their laundry


Nurse Clementine keeping precise medical records


Medical student Patrick and Dr. David talking to patient about anesthesia for her surgery.


Drs. Ariane, Michael, Alain and medical student Athanase


Dr. George working with Rwandan doctors


Medical student, Jackson,with patients


Anesthesiologist, Dr. Christian, teaching Rwandan nurse how to give a caudal injection


Dr. Christian playing with patient


Dr. Ntwali examined the patient and recorded her medical information


Roomful of doctors and nurses listening to Dr. David's lecture


Medical student, Axelle, interviewing a patient


Anesthesiologist, Dr. Aditya, and anesthesia nurses, Jennifer and Ange


Dr. George receiving a special dose of hand sanitizer.


Patients and Barbara


Dr. David Glazier


Dr. Joan and Dr. Jean Kalibushi with patients


Medical student Basile, Dr. Bethan and Clementine


Dr. Bethan, Dr. Abner and Dr. Sadoscar


Dr. Jean, Basile, Dr. Victor, Axelle, Athanase and Jackson


Dr. Bethan with patient's baby


After 10 years of working with IOWD, we finally have a photo of Dr./Professor Ralph Chesson


Dr. IOWD Pediatric Urology team, Dr. Africa, Dr. Sara and Dr. Dave


A happy patient with Dr. Dave


Dr. Sara and Dr. Dave with King Faisal staff


Dr. Nicole, Dr. Blair and Dr. Star


CRNA Erin and CRNA/Professor Janet


Patients waiting for surgery


Dr. Dave's patient


Dr. Linda, Dr. Jessica and Dr. Ramses


Professor Janet donating a laryngoscope set to Kibagabaga's Anesthesia staff


Caitlin, Hazel, Cynthia and Darlene and Laura


Dr. Jessica Salak with Maternity Nurses at Kibagabaga Hospital


Dr. Sadoscar presenting Barbara with a beautiful gift.


Dr. Mark Hathaway operating with Rwandan doctors at Muhima Hospital


Dr. Kalibushi with a fistula patient's baby.


Dr. Stacey discussing a case with Dr. Albert


Dr. Mark, Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Stacey


Physical Therapist, Mary McVearry, with some of her patients


Mary with her Physical Therapy students


Dr. Venant, Dr. Briana and Dr. Roberta on rounds with fistula patients.


Kibagabaga staff modeling their new scrubs, a gift from IOWD.


Pediatrician, Dr. Teresa and Dr. Jocelyn at Muhima Hospital


Physical Therapists Mary McVearry and True Hampton with Therapy staff at King Faisal Hospital. Jean Damascene Gasherebuka (in army fatigues) is the Director of Physical Therapy at King Faisal Hospital and Kanombe Military Hospital.


Dr. Linda, Dr. Josh, Nurse Danielle and Mid-wife Edie


Dr. Bethan and Medical student, Darlene.


Dr. Bethan with patient immediately after surgery.


Dr. Sharon with her patient.


Dr. Bethan and Dr. Abner.


Dr. Joan with her patient.


Dr. Sadoscar with Dr. Abner.


Dr. Suzanne and Head Midwife, "Mama" Rose.


IOWD team members attend the wedding of Kibagabaga's OR Nurse, Aloys and his beautiful bride, Alice.


Patient with Anesthetist Jennifer Buchanan.


Anesthetists Jaclyn and Jennifer.


Jaclyn and Jennifer with a very happy patient.


Nurse Robin with a patient's baby.


April's Anesthesia team.


Rwandan Nurse, Benjamin, giving new baby special gifts knitted by American women.


Rwandan Nurse, Benjamin, giving a fistula patient her medicines.


Dr. Claudia and Barbara with members of the Parliament.


Dr. Briana with a plastic form of a pelvis, which was used for teaching anatomy.


A very busy operating theater!


Dr. Liz and Dr. Sharon with Rwandan nurses.


Dr. Stacey with a patient's child. Nurse Reginald is in the background.


Dr. Richard Garfinkel, Retina specialist, is giving IOWD donated medicine to Dr. Christian, Director of Kibagabaga Hospital.


Dr. Melanie offering candy to school children.


Nurse Reginald, Dr. Eric and IOWD
Dr. Kavita.


Marco, Dr. Claudia, a Rwandan friend, Charles, Dr. Patrick, Dr. Sallis and Dr. Rob.


Pediatric Urologist, Dr. Dave, with a successful surgical patient.


Dr. Blair entering patient information
while Dr. Mama studies patient chart.


Rwandan and IOWD Anesthesia Nurses.


Dr. Eric with a patient.


Dr. Stacey offering a bracelet to a patient at Kibagabaga.


Dr. Stacey and Dr. George at Muhima District Hospital.


Dr. Joan, Dr. Star and Dr. Peter.

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