New Vision Article - Ugandans urged to support government fight fistula
"KAMPALA - Alice Agwanga grappled with fistula for 12 years.
During this time, she experienced untold suffering and stigma. She also lost her marriage when her husband chased abandoned her.
However, today, she demonstrates no trace of her former ordeal after treatment. Agwanga was treated from Mulago hospital in 2014.
Agwanga was among the 104 fistula survivors who received bicycles last week at Soroti sports ground, courtesy of The Association for the Rehabilitation and Re-orientation of Women for Development ( TEREWODE), a NGO, pioneering best practices to eliminate obstetric fistula in Uganda.
The executive director, TEREWODE, Alice Emasu Seruyange, said the bicycles are to help the survivors intensify community mobilisation and awareness, focusing more on supporting those who need treatment and social integration services.
“We took time to understand the greatest need of the survivors and the consensus was that transport was a limiting factor into their contribution to the fight.
"We gave them bicycles to ease their work. Participants are coming all across eight districts of Teso subregion,” she said."
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