This is what we do

The Women for Women Foundation establishes health projects for women in Nepal. The projects have a medical character and focus on the prolapse of pelvic organs, including the womb. The projects are executed by volunteers. Targeting the improvement of the knowledge and skills of the Nepalese themselves has made them increasingly able to address this problem. The final goal is to ensure that the Nepalese can independently relieve women of their prolapses themselves.

 

Women for Women is a small Dutch NGO that has the objective of promoting the health of Nepalese women. The foundation translates this objective into addressing the problems of prolapse in women in Nepal. The thought is that improving the wellbeing of women benefits the entire family.                                                

 

Women for Women visits Nepal twice a year with teams consisting of medical volunteers. Together with Nepalese doctors, health workers and gynaecologists, we give treatment in outpatients' departments in difficult-to-access regions. The women who are treated are called back later for a check-up. This allows the project to be evaluated. If required, we perform operations in local hospitals.

 

Considerable attention is given to training the Nepalese health workers. They ensure that the work continues when we are not there. The final goal is to ensure that the Nepalese can independently relieve women of their prolapses themselves.

 

How your donation is spent

Even with a small donation, our foundation can do a lot for the women in Nepal. Below is an overview of what we can do with your contribution:   

Pessary

A ring pessary is used to correct prolapses.
This is an effective treatment for many prolapses. Only when this is unsuccessful or if the prolapse has progressed too far is surgery considered.

This type of ring pessary lasts for at least five years.  

 

Falk pessary 

This pessary is used for more complicated prolapses, for instance when the normal ring does not remain in place.

 

Surgery

 

Surgery is necessary when the prolapse is too large or too damaged.

We also need to operate if the prolapse cannot be corrected using a ring.

During the surgery, Nepalese trainee gynaecologists are taught the technique.

 

Surgery kit 

Instruments are required to perform surgery; the kits wear out and must regularly be replaced.

 

Tuition fee

Women for Women makes scholarships available to girls who want to become a nurse but are unable to pay the tuition fee. In exchange, they cooperate in the projects carried out by RHEST and Women for Women.

In 2014, we made available 10 scholarships.

 

Gynaecology camp

You can find information about a gynaecology health camp at projects (What we do: How

 

Volunteer

You can contribute as a volunteer. Both in Nepal and in the Netherlands.

 

In the Netherlands

In the Netherlands you can contribute by helping with supporting tasks. For instance, you can assist in fund raising activities, writing the newsletter or in the practical organisation of the camps in Nepal. This is possible working in workgroups or as a complete project. Would you like to help? Please send an e-mail or fill in the contact form.

 

In Nepal

You can travel with us to Nepal as a participant in a team working in a gynaecology camp. (Family) doctors and assistants together with Nepalese volunteers participate in the field camps. We go to Nepal twice a year for two weeks.

 

The work in Nepal mainly consists of supervising, coaching, and training in diagnosing and treating prolapses. (Family) doctors who wish to join us must have knowledge and experience with prolapses and with fitting ring pessaries. Assistants carry out general tasks. Only women do this work. Gynaecologists (m/f) carry out surgery in various hospitals. The transferring of skills to Nepalese trainee gynaecologists is an essential aspect of this work. The travel and accommodation costs (€ 1500) must be paid by the participants themselves.

 

There is a waiting list. You can get more information about this from our secretary Tineke van der Laarse, info@vrouwenvoorvrouwen.nl or via the contact form.