Prior to our arriving in Sierra Leone in 2006, a radio announcement heralded our visit. This resulted in hundreds of patients traveling long distances hoping to see and be treated by us.
These women suffered from many of the same conditions that women in the US suffer from (symptomatic fibroids, pelvic tumors both benign and malignant, endometrial cancers, and severe pelvic organ prolapse) and more. But, because there was a complete absence of access to any gynecologists in the region, these conditions had been wholly neglected for years, even decades, allowing them to worsen to the point of debilitation. This initial trip exposed the tremendous need for regular quality women’s healthcare to treat these women whose healthcare has been wholly neglected. The concept of One World Women’s Health was born. By making regular gynecologic surgical mission trips to Holy Spirit Hospital to both perform surgery and to educate, we have succeeded in developing enduring relationships with the local physicians and nurses. OWWH is laying the foundation for creating lasting improvements in women’s healthcare in Sierra Leone. Improvements that will be maintained and continued by the local professionals.