Ananse Urological Web for Africa

Offering direct help to patients with high unmet medical needs for urological problems.
Local NGOs 1
Professional and Trade Associations 1
  • Offer direct help to patients with high unmet medical need for urological problems.
  • Exchange of medical knowledge and skills between Dutch urologists and local doctors.

What are the health needs and challenges?

In 2010, Ghana had only 10 urologists for a population of over 20 million. However, in Ghana, many women suffer obstetric fistulas (open connections) which cause them to become incontinent due to long and uncontrolled deliveries or other traumas.

Furthermore, obstetric fistula also poses a serious social problem in deriving women of their dignity, as these patients are frequently abandoned by their partners or exiled from communities because others regard them as “unclean.”Such patients typically remain untreated since medical care for fistula requires high levels of medical skill and knowledge in urology.

Results and milestones

Summary of impact through December 2013 and forward looking information:

Eleven Dutch doctors went to Ghana for the exchange program in the Autumn 2010. For four days the doctors operated in three operating theatres continuously and Astellas fulfilled a facilitating, coordinating and supporting role in the project. Twenty-five women were successfully treated and cured of incontinence.

In January 2011, an evaluation meeting was organized to share the experiences with other Dutch urologists and plan subsequent exchange trips for the following years.

Geographic Reach
  • Africa
  • Europe
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Disease Area
Target Population
  • Women
SGDs the partnership contributes to
SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
  1. 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
SDG 5: Gender Equality
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 
Partner organizations
Local NGOs

Ananse Foundation

Professional and Trade Associations

Dutch Urology Association