Liberia: Dr. Mulbah’s Foundation Restores Hope of 21 Fistula Survivors

Dr. John Mulbah speaking with one of the women he had surgically fixed

Monrovia – The Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Foundation, (RMNCAH) has surgically managed 21 fistula survivors. This marks the end of the foundation’s first Fistula Repair Campaign that was carried out at the C.B. Dunbar Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County.

The campaign, which was funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) through the Liberia Prevention of Maternal Mortality (LPMM), recruited 24 fistula survivors out of which 21 were repaired.

According to the foundation’s program director, Dr. Nyanquoi Kargbo, three of the survivors could not be treated due to their poor health including malnourishment and being anemic.

According to him, among the three survivors is a 14-year-old rape survivor from Grand Bassa, who was raped at age 10.

He disclosed that they sent her back to her parents and they are helping the family with a special dietary in order to ensure that this minor regains some weight before the next surgical campaign gets underway in November.

Dr. Kargbo: “We want to ensure that every woman or girl who has been victimized by fistula is availed the opportunity to regain hope and dignity by providing free fistula repair treatment for them.”

Under this project, the RMNCAH Foundation is working to complement the Ministry of Health’s effort to improve maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in Liberia.

He commended authorities at the Ministry of Health and the administration of the C.B. Dunbar Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County for their support.

He has pledged the foundation’s avowed commitment in fostering sustained partnership with government and other partners.

The fistula repair campaign was carried out by a team of medical doctors led by Dr. John K. Mulbah, including Dr. Paul Whesseh, Dr. Doryea Kargbah, Dr. Lawrence Sherman, Dr. Obed Dolo.