In Kenya, Two Medical students Learn About Condition Affecting Women

Yale’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences (Ob/Gyn) recently sponsored two Yale medical students on a medical mission to Kenya, where they participated in the care of women with a condition known as vesicovaginal fistula, which is caused by injury to the urinary tract resulting in an abnormal connection between the urinary tract and vagina.

The students, Jessica Beard and Pavithra Venkat, provided care to women with fistula during the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) free clinic held April 21-26. Dr. Charles Lockwood, chair of Ob/Gyn, donated funds to support the AMREF Vesico Vaginal Fistual Project.

The students also initiated a research project designed to study the psychosocial impact that fistula have on these women. Dr. Marsha Guess of Yale Ob/Gyn serves as faculty mentor for the project.

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