International Organization for Women and Development (IOWD)

Our mission to perform urological surgery on women suffering from obstetrical fistula in Kigali, Rwanda. We have been operating on women in Rwanda for the last 10 years during three missions a year. Our organization has been performing surgeries in Africa since 2002. We also have general obstetricians who travel on the missions to teach safe delivery techniques in order to prevent the fistulas from developing. General pediatricians also travel with us teaching local practitioners in "Helping Babies Breathe." This group was founded by Barbara Margolies and has recruited urologists and urogynecologists from all across the country. This program is supported through private philanthropy. Our website is Please contact for any interest or questions.


Joshua Holden



Areas of Focus

  • Chronic Diseases
  • Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health
  • Surgery
  • Women's Health