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50 Women with VVF Get Free Repair Surgeries from SNEPCo/NNPC & Extended Hands Foundation

A total of 50 women formerly suffering from the deeply embarrassing consequences of Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) have been given a chance to live normal lives again. This tremendous change was brought about a recent Extended Hands Foundation’s Pool effort in Kebbi state sponsored by SNEPCo/NNPC.

Since its inception, the goal of the Extended Hands Foundation which I founded has been to restore hope and put smiles on the faces of women. The women had the repair surgeries done at no cost to them and their families.

The exercise which was carried out at the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development VVF Center in Gesse, Birin-Kebbi was a successful one as the women all had successful surgeries and were nursed back to health at the hospital. Before the surgeries, many of them had been shunned and separated from their families as a result of the embarrassing effects of the condition. Some of them lost their jobs, their husbands, and were forced to live in degrading conditions. Thanks to the successful surgeries, they are now back with their loved ones and are living their dreams.

Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) is a serious disability that can be experienced by women after childbirth. They are holes resulting from the breakdown in the tissue between the vaginal wall and the bladder or rectum caused by unrelieved obstructed labour. The consequence of such damage is a woman’s inability to control the flow of urine or faeces. It occurs more often in young women during childbirth, as their bodies are not yet mature for the process.

The project was headed by the Chief Surgeon – Dr Sa’ad Idris, a seasoned VVF Surgeon with over 20 years experience in the field. He was assisted by Dr Halima Bello, a Consultant and other doctors and nurses at the VVF Center.

Against the backdrop of DRY, we are taking the message of restoration and hope to real women suffering from VVF. This pool effort goes a long way to show that DRY is more than just a movie, but a tool for touching the lives of women actually living with this condition.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Angeline Tamba
    April 14, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you for your hard work. may the almighty God continue to keep you strong for our people,and connect you with people that matter.

  • Reply
    Chinwe O-E
    October 12, 2016 at 1:30 am

    How can I help?

  • Reply
    Adaugo Obasi
    March 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    God bless you ma’am. Thank You for your goodness. Thank you really.

  • Reply
    Abiola bada
    March 17, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Hello, you are doing an amazing job, may God continue to bless you. My name is Abiola Bada, I am a physiotherapist with major interest in women’s health, I would love to volunteer and work with your organisation to help these women attain full function of their pelvic floor muscles after the surgery. Thank you.

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