Ghana Opens World’s First FGM Reconstructive Hospital


According to the online news source GhanaWeb, the world’s first hospital dedicated specifically to reconstructive surgery for women who have suffered Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is opening next week in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, Ghana.


The hospital is called “Kamkaso,” meaning “the house for women,” and was funded by donation from worldwide volunteers and philanthropists totaling $400,000. It will open in  on March 7, 2014 and will serve West Africa.


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At Kamkaso, experts will “perform clitoral surgeries and also train interested surgeons to restore FGM victims to sexual and self-dignity”.  Communications Director Nadine Gary stated, “We hope the hospital will serve as humanitarian pilot project for other parts of Africa and it’s likely to be replicated in other parts of Africa”.



An IVUmed pediatric urology team will be training Ghanian doctors and nurses and providing patient care in Kumasi, Ghana from March 1-9. We look forward to working with and training Ghanian medical providers during this trip and in the future, supporting Ghana’s efforts to improve surgical care for the children, women, and men of their beautiful nation.


To read more about Kamkaso Hospital, go here.


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FGM, the prevalence

Governments and religious groups denounce it, treaties and bills have been signed against it, organizations and activists worldwide protest it; yet 140 million women young and old worldwide suffer from it. Female genital mutilation (FGM) continues to have desolate effects on the progress of Women’s Rights and Healthcare worldwide.

“The practice of female circumcision is rooted in gender inequality, cultural identity, and notions of purity, modesty, beauty, status and honor. The practice has been continuing in Africa because of cultural, tribal and religious factors that vary from country to country.

“Reasons for the continuation and perpetuation linked to FGM include many myths and false misperceptions…”

Continue to read this in-depth article published by the African Journal of Urology here.

Urological conditions and traumas, including FGM, have tremendous social and cultural implications. Challenges arise in promoting awareness of their detrimental effects.  A picture of a saddened face does not describe the emotional, psychological, social and physical effects of urological conditions and traumas. The beautiful African-print fabric draped over an injured woman’s body can hide the burdens of FGM, vesico-vaginal fistula, or the inability to bear children.


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