LIBERIA: Ex-Spanish PM Reopens Fistula Unit At St. Joseph’s Hospital

Former deputy Spanish Prime Minister Madam María Teresa Fernández de la Vega has formerly re-opened the Fistula Unit at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital.
The unit first opened in May 2013 by the former Prime Minister’s organization Mujeres por Africa (Women for Africa Foundation) under the “Stop Fistula Project”.

It was closed as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the country.
The Unit assists young women who suffer from obstructed labor, and offers free surgical treatment for women with fistula, to repair cases that could not be prevented.

In remarks during a courtesy call she paid on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday, Ms. de la Vega volunteered to provide assistance in the health sector that Liberia is trying to rebuild, especially in child and maternal health and provide local and foreign training to medical students in specialized areas for the improvement of the health sector.

According to an Executive Mansion press release, the Women for Africa Foundation president also promised to provide training to women who are Ebola survivors, community health leaders and local health agents in various aspects of health and hygiene.

Ms. de la Vega also invited Liberia’s participation in the second top women’s leadership training at Yale University next April.
The project which was initiated last year enlightens top women in leadership and management skills. Liberia has been invited along with Tanzania, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Rwanda.

As the Foundation’s Board of Directors is expected to host its annual meeting shortly, Ms. de la Vega extended a personal invitation to President Sirleaf to attend the meeting and serve as keynote speaker.

She will speak on the theme: “Women’s Leadership”, the release said.

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