My work with international health has been primarily focused on obstetrical fistulas. It all started in 2004 with a call to Bob Wheeless, a colleague whom I have known since my early days at Hopkins, to ask him to participate in the Houston Everett course that year. While accepting gracefully and enthusiastically, he promptly related to me his travel activities since recently retiring. He had been approached by a group involved in humanitarian work in Niger to help care for poor and unfortunate women with obstetrical fistulas at the Niamey National Hospital.
obstetrical fistula, developing countries, health services, voluntary workers
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