Target: Dr. Hillary Mabeya
Goal: Applaud doctor for treating obstetric fistula in impoverished and marginalized populations
Dr. Hillary Mabeya opened what is now the Gynocare Fistula Center in Eldoret, Kenya five years ago. Since then, he has operated on more than 1,000 women suffering from the physically and emotionally traumatic condition of obstetric fistula entirely free of cost, irrevocable altering their lives for the better. Praise Dr. Mabeya for his dedicated service to bettering the health and happiness of women in Kenya.
More than two million women around the world have fistulas, tears in a woman’s bladder or rectum from which sufferers leak waste, no longer able to control their body’s natural functions. Fistulas often result from difficult childbirths and rapes; the condition disproportionately affects African women.
Fistulas do not just increase the difficulty of women’s daily physical necessities, they also cause social stigmatization. Women who suffer from this debilitating condition become outcasts from social life, unwelcome to participate in their community’s activities and often rejected from their former homes. Dr. Mabeya treats many women from rural areas who lived with fistulas for years because they didn’t know that treatment was an option. If Dr. Mabeya did not operate on women free of charge, for many, treatment still wouldn’t be an option.
Dr. Mabeya opened the first hospital devoted exclusively to treating fistula on his own savings. He now operates with the help of a number of NGOs including One by One Fistula Foundation and Freedom from Fistula Foundation. The free treatment at Gynocare is about more than physical recovery; it also provides emotional counseling and job training to help women get back on their feet after this enduring this traumatizing condition.
Sign this petition to thank Dr. Mabeya for his amazing work to restore hope, health, and happiness to Kenyan women.
Dear Dr. Mabeya,
Thank you for your efforts to improve the lives of Kenyan women suffering from the physical and emotional trauma of fistula. By offering free surgeries, counseling, and job training for the often-impoverished women with this condition, you are changing lives for the better in ways that many with fistula never thought possible.
Many women living in rural Kenya do not have access to modern healthcare to assist them during childbirth or are victims of violent sexual assault, the primary causes of this debilitating condition. Too often, women with fistula become social outcasts, rejected by their communities with nowhere to turn.
By searching for victims and operating on this treatable condition, you have transformed the lives of your patients, giving them hope, a voice, and a future. Thank you.
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