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Hem of His Garment

Hem of His Garment

Hem of His Garment - Fistula Program at Kalukembe Hospital Angola

Millions of women live daily with the humiliation and dejection of Vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF), a devastating complication of childbirth. The World Health Organization estimates more than two million women and girls worldwide suffer from fistula(s), with 50,000 to 100,000 new cases each year. Kalukembe Hospital is a 300-bed, 100 year-old district hospital established by Swiss missionaries. It has been over 20 years without a full-time physician, with nurses managing the many aspects of patient care. Dr. Daniel Cummings (emergency medicine) and Dr. Priscilla Cummings (OBGYN), both CHSC staff physicians, are serving the people of this rural area. They have launched this VVF surgery program to bring hope and healing to the young women of Angola that have been scarred and outcast by fistulas in Angola. We hope to fully develop Kalukembe Hospital as a VVF center. There are needs for ongoing facility improvements, medications, supplies and staff.

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