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2016 has been a fulfilling year for IMR as we continue to commit to improving the lives of those in underserved areas of the world by educating and collaborating with local healthcare professionals.

This summer, Ambereen traveled with a Haitian medical group, NOAH-NY, and Howard University School of Medicine to participate in a 2 day health educational seminar for medical students, doctors and nurses in Cap Haitian, Haiti. She spoke about pelvic floor disorders in Haitian women, a wide-spread problem that many had not heard of. In August, she and other experts in the fieldpresented a workshop on complex surgical repair of Obstetric Fistula at the International Urogynecological Association's annual conference ( in Cape Town, South Africa. Through her lecture series, Dr. Sleemi continues to strengthen the dialogue about obstetric fistulas and pelvic floor disorders and help equip those who care for patients who suffer from these conditions. 

We also continued our work in in Liberia on the Liberian Fistula Project with trips both in April and September. Almost 50 women were treated for obstetric fistula with surgery. Local doctors in training were trained in a static this for repairs as part of an ongoing commitment with the Ministry of Health and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to train Liberian doctors in this surgery. Additionally, IMR supported the staff with donations to cover food and essentials during the campaigns as all days require overtime and extra hospital staff.

We hope 2017 will be another productive year for IMR and that you will help us continue our work!