The Smell of Poverty

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Posted September 28, 2020 from Ghana
Myself and Nana Ama Amissah
Myself and Nana Ama Amissah: I (left) had a chat with Nana Amissah recently (1/1)

 By Shirley Asiedu-Addo

 

A total of 100 women with fistula are waiting for their surgeries hopefully if financial help comes soon.

The Our Lady of Grace hospital at Mankessim  in the Central region of Ghana does the surgeries for the women for free if funds are available. Currently the hospital does not have funds available making the 100 women's surgeries be put on hold.

What is fistula

Obstetric fistula is a medical condition in which a hole develops between the rectum and the vagina, the ureter and the vagina or the bladder and the vagina after difficulty in childbirth.

It can result in incontinence of urine or faeces.

The condition occurs mostly in women in low-income countries who give birth without access to medical help. 

Loneliness

Itusually makes sufferers develop strong pungent smell them isolate themselves or be shunned. The cost of caring for the patients had been sponsored by the Catholic Church and individuals. Many who suffer the condition are from poor background who cannot afford the surgeries. Appeal Queen of the Mankessim, Nana Ama Amissah has made an appeal to all who can to support the hospital to undertake the corrective surgeries. A surgery cost about 2,500 cedis which is about 600 dollars.

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Nini Mappo
Sep 29, 2020
Sep 29, 2020

Hello Shirley,
How are you in warm Ghana? How true and unfortunate that shame, stigma and loneliness accompany many victims of fistula:/ Good on you and Ms Amissah for being part of restoring health, dignity and community to these women.
I hope that the 6,000 dollars needed for these surgeries becomes available soon and these women will be on their way back to health.

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Sep 29, 2020
Sep 29, 2020

Thank you Nini. A bit of anxiety as we approach the general elections. We pray we would be fine...it's 600 per person...for the fistula corrective surgery....thank you

Nini Mappo
Oct 01, 2020
Oct 01, 2020

Oh dear, yes, Elections often are a time of anxiety unfortunately. I hope for a day when they won't. Ha, yes, I meant the total amount needed to help all the 100 women get the needed surgery.

Andrace
Sep 30, 2020
Sep 30, 2020

Hi Shirley,
Great initiative. Thank you for your service. I feel so much for those affected by this challenge mostly caused in my own country through child marriages. I don't know if it is the same in Ghana. Nonetheless, keep raising your voice please. Help would surely come for these girls. It is my prayer that God would intervene in your personal matters too-amen.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Oct 07, 2020
Oct 07, 2020

Dear Shirley,
I am hoping all is well with you in Ghana.
This is a very important topic and yes I live and work in West Africa and is familiar with this issue and concern. I am sure you have reached out to the government and other resources there on the home front. Also reach out to research other available resources here on World Pulse and the world wide web as I constantly have to do because I own a charity as well.
Have you tried to set up a GoFundme page account or another fundraising campaign on behalf of the cause?
Keep praying and working and keep us informed.
sincerely,
Mama Queen

Angel Devlin-Brown
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020

Thank you. Your article was well written. The other risk I have seen in a woman awaiting the surgery is the possibility of a chronic, low-grade infection caused by the unsuspected release of urine and feces.

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 09, 2020

My dear Shirley,
I want to commend you for the work that you are doing for the women of Ghana who are affected by the condition of obstetric fistula. It is indeed a very difficult and distressful condition to live with given the lack of compassion for its victims.
What your doing is vital. I would strongly encourage you to use the "Go Fund Me" page as you are likely to get a quick and meaningful response.
You might wish contact the following organization that are working with fistula victims in Africa:
www.fistulafoundation.org and www.fondationmms.org
I would also appeal to the Melinda Gates foundation in the hope that they would direct you to an organization that might help you.
Please keep up the good work and best of luck in finding the required funds.

In sisterhood and solidarity.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Shirley,
Thank you so much for trying to help these women. We pray that the funds are made available so that they can get their dignity and confidence back. May God continue to bless you.