My perspective definitely changed. This program has absolutely had a positive impact in Nigeria. In 2011, we performed more surgeries than any other fistula hospital in the country, and we had many women leaving our hospital dry, or at least able to live some semblance of a normal life.
This kind of project ensures better monitoring of patients, and it is possible to do research to improve treatment. The objective is to operate on 350 women per year for three years. This time frame should allow us to train three Burundi surgeons, and to transfer our activities to the Ministry of Health.
When I climbed on top of the MSF vehicle for a better view, I saw water stretching to the horizon. We drove on to the secondary part of the dam – the spillway – where we realized something was horribly wrong.
Chris Houston, MSF logistician in Nigeria, gives an update on the state of the flooding.