The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga cuts the tape to commission TWCH in Arapai sub county, Soroti district, while Alice Emasu Seruyange (Right), the ED TERREWODE and state health minister Sarah Opendi (Left), look on.

by Daniel Edyegu

In what turns out to be a huge stride in the anti-fistula campaign in the country, the Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital (TWCH) is now open and operational.

The specialised fistula hospital, the first in East Africa, will treat women and girls suffering from fistula and childbirth complications.

The speaker of parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, commissioned the hospital amidst fanfare on August 16, 2019. Kadaga commended the TERREWODE executive director, Alice Emasu Seruyange, for hatching the vision to have the hospital and nurturing it to fruition.

“This is a fantastic development for maternal health in Uganda. Alice (Emasu) first came to my office and told me she needed support. I asked her the kind of support she needed. She told me she needed support from me to speak about the plight of fistula in Uganda. From then onwards, we have kept on this issue together,” Kadaga said.

Emasu explained that whereas she bore the vision for the hospital, the commissioning of the facility signified that it was about time every person passionate about eliminating fistula in Uganda and improving maternal health, carried forth the vision.