Funding for healthier lives
HOW WE HELP
Mrs. Quinn’s interest in medical operations in underdeveloped countries arose from her long, fatal struggle with cancer. She believed several operations performed routinely in the U.S. could be offered for free in underdeveloped countries. The Quinn Foundation has supported free operations in the Dominican Republic mainly for cataracts through Volunteer Health, and in Niger, Africa for repair of vaginal fistula in young mothers through International Organization of Women’s Development (IOWD). Over the years both programs have evolved to teach local doctors to perform these and other surgeries in their respective countries. Numerous doctors, and nurses from the U.S. have volunteered their expertise to make these programs successful.
Thus far several hundred successful operations have been performed during week long missions. In addition U.S. doctors teach local doctors to perform surgeries in their respective countries.
PROGRAMS WE SUPPORT
Volunteer Health Program
The Quinn Foundation has supported free operations mainly for those suffering from cataracts in the Dominican Republic.
The Doris G. Quinn Foundation has supported Volunteer Health after meeting with the founders of the organization. The Quinn Foundation was able to financially help in their basic program. The Foundation was very interested in the tremendous volunteerism and high medical success rate that Volunteer Health was able to accomplish.
Find out more about the Volunteer Health Program here.
International Organization of Women’s Development (IOWD)
The Quinn Foundation has supported free operations for repair of vaginal fistula in young woman in Niger, Africa.
An article in the Wall St. Journal about IOWD prompted the Quinn Foundation to become involved in this program. The trustees of the Quinn Foundation met with the founders of IOWD and learned of their high output of volunteerism for week long medical missions in Africa. The Quinn Foundation has helped to fund missions mainly in Niger, Africa for the repair of vaginal fistula in young women and currently in Rwanda for female urinary incontinence and vaginal fistula.
Find out more about IOWD here.