Today we introduce you to Loy Tumusiime, our Fistula Coordinator.
Loy came to work with Uganda Village Project (UVP) in 2010 to “help women who are also suffering from fistula because I had experience with it.” Her role has given her opportunities she had never imagined, such as appearing on the national news to talk about fistula and making friends all over eastern Uganda.
Because fistula is stigmatized, women suffering from it often don’t tell other people that they have it, minimizing their chance to get help. Loy, however, is able to tell her story during village outreaches. “Because I suffered from fistula, I had that experience so I know how to talk with them and they come up and share with me,” she says.
Loy lives with her three children (ages 17, 12, and 10) in Iganga. When she’s not working with UVP, she helps another organization teach healthy messages to people in the district…and she’s sure to always include information about fistula in her trainings. The passion that Loy has for her work is obvious when she talks about her job. Eventually, she’d like to go to nursing school in her free time so she can expand how she’s able to care for women.