Hologic IMPACT Spring 2014 | Page 6

giving back Hologic Donation is Improving the Lives of Women in Rwanda Last year, we told you about Hologic’s donation of a THS® tower-free hysteroscopy to Hologic customer Dr. Scott Eder, and the International Organization for Women and Development (IOWD), who are working to improve access to gynecological care in Rwanda. Thanks to Hologic’s donation, Dr. Eder and his colleague Dr. Ramses Ramazani, OBGYN specialist at Muhima District Hospital in the capital city of Kigali, are providing women with minimally 6 | IMPACT APRIL 2014 invasive treatment for abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). Previously, the only option for women in Rwanda with AUB was a hysterectomy; and, those women who could afford the surgery paid a high price in terms of the social stigma. Dr. Ramses recently reached out to tell us about the impact the Hologic system is having on the women in Rwanda, as well as on the physicians who now can treat women with minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Ramses was scheduled to perform an abdominal hysterectomy on a 40-year old patient who had been suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding for many years. During the pre-operative evaluation, Dr. Ramses and his IOWD colleague Dr. Moise Mamouzette discovered a sub mucus fibroid, which thanks to the Hologic hysteroscopy equipment, could be treated without surgery.