In memory of Dr. John Kelly

john_kellyDr. John Kelly was a long-time friend and visiting fistula surgeon at Kitovu Hospital.  We will greatly miss his influence and expertise as well as his encouragement to keep fighting for the prevention of fistulas around the world.

Read more on Dr. Kelly

If you wish to make a donation in memory of Dr. Kelly for fistula work at Kitovu Hospital, please indicate this when making a donation through Medical Missionaries of Mary.

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October 2013 Fistula (VVF) Camp

October 11, Dr. Mike Bishop from the UK and Dr. Jerry Putman from the US arrived and began assessments right away on waiting fistula patients.  By the end of the camp October 24th, 67 women were operated. Of these; 44 of them received surgery for childbirth injury and 23 had fistula repair. All these are receiving excellent follow-up care from the full-time staff in the VVF Ward.  Dr. John Lenberger also from the UK came for training and plans to return as a VVF surgeon for future camps.

Thank you all our donors for the generous support that has enabled the VVF program to restore dignity among fistula women.


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October 2013 knitting with the VVF patients

Linda Chamberlain from the US brought a knitting group to teach the patients how to knit  and croIMG_0938.jpg CROPchet. happy Linda Linda is passionate about informing the western world about the suffering of women  with Vesico – Vagihappy knittingnal Fistula,

and she raises funds that pay for surgeries for the VVF patients.

See Linda’s Facebook page:
The Fistula Project – Kitovu

Knitting groups from all over America send SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESsquares to Linda.  She joins them into blaSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESnkets and presents them to the VVF patients as  gifts of love from woman-to-woman, US-to-Uganda. They taught patients to knit pouches to hold personal items.



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The Baby Unit needs YOU!

We are hoping to expand the Kitovu Hospital Baby Unit.  Currently we have 5 dedicated nurses, but hope to increase our staffing to 10 nurses (to allow 2 nurses to be on-shift at the same time).  This will enable us to look after babies that have been born outside Kitovu Hospital, but are admitted unwell to the OPD.  This is important as we want these babies to be able to access our well-trained nurses and our baby-specific equipment, in order to improve their chances of surviving.

If you, or anyone you know, has Nurses working on the neonatal babiesa real heart for sick or tiny babies, then please do get in touch, so that we can tell you how YOU can help!

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2012 Knitting with VVF patients

During the October 2012 VVF camp we have been visited by a group of 8 ladies from the USA.  They have been doing very valuable work teaching the VVF patients how to knit, crochet and sew.  The VVF ladies have enjoyed these activities hugely and every where you look you see women knitting!

Please visit their page on Facebook for more information and to see photos of what they have been doing.  Either search ‘The Fistula Project at Kitovu Hospital in Masaka Uganda’ or use the link below.

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Sponsorship needed for new Multipurpose Building

A plan has been made for a new Multipurpose Building at Kitovu Hospital.  The building is designed to replace the existing Outpatient Department building which was built in the 1950s and is small, poorly planned and lacks the capacity to meet growing demand.  The project will bring services nearer to patients as many departments will be under one roof instead of spread out around the hospital complex.

The project will also enable the hospital to put in place a cost effective iron sheet water harvesting system.  This system would collect 50,000 liters of rain water per rainy season and this would greatly reduce expenditure on water bills.  A centralized solar energy system would also be installed.

The project design is made up of the following:

  • Outpatient Department (OPD)
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray
  • Central Drug Store
  • Medical Ward
  • Casualty Ward
  • Pharmacy
  • Ante natal  care clinic
  • Archives, records, data bank and library
  • Mortuary

The expected impact of the project will be to improve health care services for all patients through increased access to quality medical services.  We expect a 40% rise in provision of health services to the targeted population.

We require sponsorship in order to complete this project.  If you are able to assist please contact us.

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VVF Camp October 2012

The camp started on 21st October and will run until 2nd November.  We have two visiting surgeons, an urologist and a gynecologist, attending this camp to conduct the surgery on the patients and also to do training.  We have a doctor, physiotherapist and surgical nurse visiting from Cameroon.  They are here to be trained and see how the fistula unit at Kitovu is run.  They are planning to set up a fistula repair unit when they return to Cameroon. The surgeons are operating on up to 7 women a day.  It looks set to be another very busy period for the Obstetric Fistula Ward!

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Neo-Natal Ward opening soon!

We are working hard at Kitovu to get the Neo-Natal Ward open as soon as possible.  We are collating the supplies we need, planning the layout of the ward and the operating procedures.  We will also be recruiting a team of nurses to be specially trained in the care of sick and premature babies.

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Results of the Fistula Camp August 2012

Number of women registered – 105

Number of women operated – 89

Number of women not operated – 16

Of the 16 women who were not operated on the following procedures were used instead:

4 had recently delivered and were put on bladder drainage, to return to October camp.

1 had hypertension was put on medication for stabilisation, to return to October camp.

2 taught self catheterisation.

1 taught use of urethra plug

6 taught perineal exercises

2 vaginal prolapsed opted for pessary

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Fistula Faculty Meeting

The first Fistula Faculty Meeting was held at Kitovu Hospital in August 2012.  The meeting reviewed the recent Fistula Camp.  The main purpose of the meeting was to bring together the fistula surgeons who have loyally come to Kitovu every year to conduct fistula repair surgery and train the Ugandan surgeons and gynecologists.  The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the awards:

For ‘Years of Service to Fistula Repair’ awarded to:

Dr. Brian Hancock

Dr. John Kelly (in absentia)

For ‘Service to Fistula Sufferers’ awarded to:

Winnie Nakalema, our dedicated coordinator of the Fistula Unit

Dr. Maura Lynch (Director)

Mother Winnie and Dr Maura have worked together at Kitovu for twenty five years.

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