Touch the Fringe
“As a longstanding member of the Grace Klein Community I have worked (and at times lived) in various parts of Africa for more than a decade. During those years of service I have been privileged to work with some remarkable local physicians dedicated to serving those on the fringes of society. My dear friend, Kenyan OBGYN Hillary Mabeya, is one of those bright lights who works tirelessly to provide gynecological procedures to women who could not otherwise afford care. Dr. Mabeya’s mission is to identify (and operate on) women with a debilitating and stigmatizing condition known obstetric fistula, which renders women incontinent after prolonged obstructed labor. I spent the summer of 2017 working with Dr. Mabeya and his team at Gynocare where I witnessed firsthand how impactful these procedures can be for women who have suffered endlessly.
Dr. Mabeya’s team has a remarkable cure rate; however, at times the extent of some women’s injuries are so vast that fistula repair becomes an impossibility. In these rare cases a more complex and costly procedure (urinary diversion) is required to restore continence and a woman’s dignity. We have recently identified a group of 15 Kenyan women who have fallen through the cracks of the maternal health system, and who share this complicated condition not covered by other medical NGO’s. This group of women has endured years of suffering, shame, and isolation as a result of their condition and we are compelled to intervene on their behalf.
Therefore, I hope you will consider contributing to this very meaningful Grace Klein Community cause and help us raise $15,000 to cover the surgeries and subsequent post-operative care for all 15 women. As the holidays approach and your family, church, school, or business considers meaningful ways to give back, please considering partnering with us to make 2018 a transformative year for 15 women and their families.
Claud Crosby, MPH
Doctor of Medicine Candidate, Class of 2020
Morehouse School of Medicine”