We are healing women and training doctors.

Medicine for Humanity is a medical care and teaching organization that has been restoring dignity, hope and quality of life to women for over 25 years.

  • Fistula surgery and recovery care
  • Center for Gynecologic and Fistula Care
  • Patient education seminars
  • On-site surgical training program
  • Medical education for resident doctors, nurses, and medical students
  • Urogynecology Leadership Fellowship

We believe ensuring the health of mothers leads to a healthy community.

Women in Uganda cope with challenged access to healthcare, particularly basic obstetrical services. As a result, nearly 2,000 women each year develop obstetric fistula, a devastating injury to the birth canal causing urinary incontinence. It is estimated that 200,000 Ugandan women suffer from this condition. Our current goal is to reduce the societal burden of fistula in this part of the world. We are healing women by providing life-altering surgical care. Our surgical programs, staffed by volunteer doctors and nurses, provide surgery, transportation, food, housing, medical support, and postoperative care at no cost to our patients.

Our Local Champion: Dr. Musa Kayondo

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

Dr. Musa Kayondo serves as Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and head of the Fistula plus Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) Division at Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST).

As a young resident doctor in 2009, Dr. Kayondo was the first graduate of Medicine for Humanity’s collaborative FPMRS program at MUST. Currently, Dr. Kayondo, in his role as Chair, leads the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program and serves as Head of our newly developed clinical Urogynecology Leadership Fellowship.

Dr. Kayondo is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of Medicine for Humanity’s established fistula training programs year-round. His commitment to the women we heal and the doctors we train is the reason that our work in Uganda is so successful.

Our Fistula Care Center

Medicine for Humanity’s recurring presence has served to transform Mbarara into a true center of excellence in the care of obstetrical fistula.

Medicine for Humanity collaborates with the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program at Mbarara University Teaching Hospital with our local champion physician, Dr. Musa Kayondo. We created a training track for our high-volume fistula program, which allows Ugandan Ob/Gyn residents the opportunity to participate in at least three surgical programs. We are creating life-long impact by training doctors.

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Our Urogynecology Leadership Fellowship: Dr. Paul Kato

Medicine for Humanity is creating an annual Urogynecology Leadership Fellowship Program to train a Ugandan Obstetrician Gynecologist and future leader in the field of women’s health.

Specialty training of a physician in Urogynecology will contribute to women’s health and empowerment in Uganda and East Africa. This will be a powerful investment in professionals who can increase access to health care throughout the nation.

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