Women’s Healthcare in Ethiopia

Lalibela

This project seeks to establish a modern clinic in Lalibela, Ethiopia, to serve local women by treating and helping to prevent cases of pelvic organ prolapse.

This is a distressing condition that is particularly common in the region, and which has far-reaching consequences for many victims.

Women in rural areas are responsible for many activities such as caring for children, housework, carrying water (sometimes a long distance) and helping their husbands with farming. Women have no right to decide how many children they should have, and this is a factor affecting women’s vulnerability to the problem of prolapsed pelvic organs.

There is limited access to health services, and health clinics in rural districts have no dedicated women’s health care. There is insufficient equipment, medication and facilities to treat prolapse cases.

Our care clinic in Lalibela seeks to minimise the risk of maternal mortality related to uterine prolapse, and to set an example for other areas to follow.

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

To establish a modern medical clinic in Lalibela to help enhance women’s health, particularly related to uterine prolapse and associated problems, run and owned by volunteer physicians, nurses and public health specialists. This service will be provided free to women in the Lalibela area.

We seek assistance finding funding, contacts, medical volunteers from abroad and any available assistance in realising this project. Please contact us if you are interested or you have useful contacts or suggestions.

PROJECT LEADER

abebe1-200The project is headed by Abebe Zwedu of Lalibela. Abebe, 32, is a professional nurse, currently working to gain his Masters of Public Health, who works to promote women’s health in northern Ethiopia. He has long had a special interest in women’s health and empowerment, both of which are important social issues locally.

Since 2014 he has worked as a professional nurse in the rural areas around two government health centers in northern Ethiopia. He has regularly encountered pelvic organ prolapse cases while serving as a nurse in this capacity, and this experience is what drives him to set up a special clinic in Lalibela.

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