Zonta Delegation Visits Liberia

Madam Schough (2nd from right) takes picture with Liberia’sfistula management team_web.jpg

A delegation from Zonta International, being led by its vice president, Madam Sonja Honig Schough, is in Liberia.

Zonta is the main sponsor of UNFPA, which is the largest supporter of the Liberia Fistula Rehabilitation Project.

Madam Schough Monday, February 17, met with the Liberia fistula management team at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) where she was given a detailed walk through of what the fistula management team was doing in Liberia with aid that Zonta was giving through UNFPA.

Dr. John Mulbah, the lead surgeon on the Liberian team, thanked Zonta for the aid which was helping to transform the lives of many women and girls within and outside Liberia.

Dr. Mulbah stated that at least 92 percent Liberians and three percent Ivorians and rest Guniean and Sierra Leonean women and girls have benefited so far from Zonta’s gesture.

He, however, stressed that it is too early to celebrate the gains that have so far been made in trying to eradicate fistula from Liberia.

He further told the visiting delegation that since the beginning of the fistula project in Liberia, at least the conditions of more than 1000 women and girls have been fixed and have been reintegrated into their communities.

Among other things, Dr. Mulbah said the 11 fistula projects around the country still needed more support from Zonta International so as to do all they can to end fistula in Liberia.

Responding, Madam Schough said she was pleased with the detailed presentation.

She and her delegation on Tuesday, February 18, travelled to Western Liberia to visit one of the fistula project sites.

The Liberia Fistula Project operates a dedicated fistula ward at the Liberian Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County. The ward houses only fistula victims awaiting surgery. The visit there was intended to afford the Zonta International Vice President the opportunity to interact with the fistula victims.

She is also expected to travel to Bong County today to visit another project site, housed within the Phebe Hospital Compound.


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