Global Women’s Health Initiative (GWHI) is in need of funding to move our campaign to the next level. Be part of the unique experience. There’s an easy donation process that lets you quickly join funding efforts for current projects. All donations are tax-deductible through the GWHI founding partner the Shae Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3)organization.
Through Physical Therapy we transform the lives of women by informing, educating and engaging medical communities. We believe in solutions that help women today while paving a healthy path for the women of tomorrow.
- Bring urgent healthcare to individual women in need worldwide
- Educate physical therapists and communities on women’s health issues
- Invest in sustainable global women’s health educational programs
- Foster international partnerships and opportunities
- Create message media campaigns — raise awareness and educate the global community
Unlike physicians, physical therapists generally do not have corporate donors such as manufacturers of surgical products that traditionally fund philanthropic healthcare ventures, so GWHI is appealing to physical therapists worldwide to help fund projects.
The problems GWHI will address are large and increasing:
- Ethiopia is home to 9,000 cases of obstetric fistula a year, and 59% of women receive no antenatal care. Only 13% receive postnatal care within the first two days of delivery. In Nigeria, 400,000 to 800,000 women live with fistulas, the highest national prevalence of obstetric fistula.
- The United Nations estimates that 86 million more girls will reach childbearing age in the world by 2030.
- In Nepal, 1 million women have pelvic organ prolapse, because they are expected to carry 100 to 200 pounds of food on their back. Of these, 600,000 to 700,000 have stage-three prolapse. Surgery needed to treat the latter condition costs $300 (US), and recovery takes one to 14 days. Even then, a physical therapist is needed to help transform patients and educate them on the function of the pelvic floor, so they fully benefit from a rehabilitation approach rather than just a surgical one.