Who We Are

Who We Are

Medicine for Humanity was founded on the principle that ensuring the health of mothers leads to healthy communities. Our organization strives to improve the health of women and mothers in underserved populations around the world.

Our donors and medical volunteers make it possible to provide surgery, transportation, housing, food, medical support, and postoperative care for every woman needing fistula repair.

Our academic partners are David Geffen’s School of Medicine and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health and our international partner is Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Mbarara, Uganda.

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“I tell other women there is hope. Hope of being better.”

- Christine, 21. MFH 2016 Camp

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Medicine for Humanity is healing women and training doctors in Uganda.

Medicine for Humanity continues to THRIVE because of YOUR support!

We have extended the training for our inaugural Urogynecology Leadership Fellow candidate, Dr. Paul Kato of Kampala, for a second year. The Fellowship program provides intensive surgical and leadership training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

We continue to build programs of support for women and mothers who suffer from the devastating effects of childbirth injuries. This is our passion and our focus. We have mobilized our medical team in Mbarara and created surgical outreach programs at Lira Regional Referral Hospital and Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Northern Uganda. Not only is it important to provide surgical services, but our future goal is developing a comprehensive post-operative rehabilitation program for our patients that addresses specific physical, social, economic, and mental/emotional challenges that impact postoperative healing and reintegration into society.

Your GENEROSITY enables us to continue our work healing women and training doctors.

THANK YOU for creating a sustainable impact on the future of women’s health in Uganda.

Watch How We Built Hope

With the support of our donors, Medicine for Humanity completed construction of a new ward in 2018.

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Medicine for Humanity
23823 Malibu Rd.
Suite 50-299
Malibu, CA 90265

Shelley O'Connor
Executive Director


About Dr Lagasse

About Dr. Lagasse

Dr. Lagasse is a nationally renowned leader and surgeon in the treatment of gynecologic cancers. He is an expert in all gynecologic cancers and specializes in uterine preservation and proactive management for recurrent ovarian cancer. Dr. Lagasse attended medical school at the University of Virginia and completed his Internship and Residency at UCLA.

He has been honored extensively, including the formation of the Leo. D. Lagasse, M.D. Society established by former Gynecologic Oncology Fellows in 1991. Since 1995 he has provided visionary and inspired leadership in bringing medical education and medical care to women in underserved nations.