Saving the lives of thousands of women in rural Uganda for 15 years.
I am a Catholic nun, the Medical Director of Holy Virika Family Hospital, and the only obstetrician and gynecologist in the Kabarole district of Uganda. I feel incredibly blessed to serve here in rural Uganda, because the problem of maternal health is massive. As the only Ob-Gyn surgeon at the hospital, each month I perform approximately 200 deliveries (3-10 per day), 75 C-sections (0-5 per day) and 8 fistula repairs. Through your support we can provide more surgeries, and amplify our awareness campaigns to reach rural women who are seen as “nobodies,” but who are very important women in this country.
Birth Injuries Focus
Obstetric fistula is a medical condition in which a hole develops in the bladder after severe or failed childbirth. It occurs more frequently in parts of the world without access to adequate healthcare resources. A caesarean section, a surgical procedure where incisions are made through the mother’s abdomen to deliver the baby, may be required in a serious case of obstructed labor.Show cost breakdown
- $400 per fistula repair
- 25%: Medicines
- 25%: Treatment
- 15%: Training
- 12.5%: Equipment & supplies
- 12.5%: Accommodations & food
- 10%: Transportation & patient outreach
- $370 per caesarean section
- 27%: Treatment
- 22%: Medicines
- 16%: Training
- 13%: Accommodations & food
- 11%: Equipment & supplies
- 11%: Transportation & patient outreach
Some lives changed by Dr. Priscilla Busingye
Please note: some stories are graphic and could be upsetting.
Kazigati is the mother of 10 children, and was abandoned after developing a fistula during an obstructed labour where her uterus ruptured. A neighbour came with her to Virika after hearing about a nun who treats women leaking urine. She arrived so malnourished that she had to spend a month doing physiotherapy and replenishing her body before she could receive surgery. Kazigati’s surgery was successful, and Dr. Priscilla says “there is no fulfillment more than her smile.”
Nancy* came to the hospital with abruptio placenta after a long day of walking while in labour. Dr. Priscilla and her staff treated her upon arrival at Virika. She has returned home and has started weaving baskets for income. Nancy and her father visited Dr. Priscilla recently to thank her for Nancy’s care.
*This is a pseudonym