Worldwide Healing Hands has been forced to make the difficult decision of postponing its trip to Sierra Leone due to the latest outbreak of the Ebola Virus. This outbreak has been described as the most deadly wave of the virus since its first appearance in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.
A patient taught me about fibroids when I was a third year medical student. During our clinical rotation, we had to interview patients and then present our findings and diagnosis to our attending physician. She told me she had “fireballs on her uterus,” and put my hand on her belly to feel a giant
Terefa is fourteen years old. She lives in a small village in Africa, more than 200 km from the country’s capital. She is the sixth child in a family of eight children and has never been to school. Her father, a farmer, did not have enough money to send all of his children to the village school. The older children—two boys—thus benefited from schooling, while Terefa stayed at home to help her parents to survive.
“Laugh More, Leak Less” is a sign that brings many chuckles to people as they drive down scenic Highway 29 past our Kelseyville office. The sign is intended to bring attention to this common and embarrassing problem of urinary incontinence (the loss of bladder control). Millions of women experience bladder control
Our first annual Hike 4 Healing was a great success thanks to all our wonderful sponsors and supporters. We raised $9,168 for our mission to Sierra Leone!! This money will save the lives of many mothers as we will use it to train local doctors and midwives. This makes our work sustainable.
WHH is traveling this year to Sierra Leone, partnering with Dr. Darius Maggi – founder of the West Africa Fistula Foundation. Sierra Leone is one of the most dangerous places on earth to give birth, infant mortality and maternal deaths among the highest in the world. Sierra Leone, a country of about 6 million has only 1 OB/GYN. Women spend from 2 -15 days in labor – no midwife – no Cesarean
Cervical cancer is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This statement is shocking to some of my patients. Approximately 80% of women and girls will become infected with the HPV by the age of 50 making it the most common sexually transmitted disease worldwide. For most women this infection is transient which means