The International Volunteer in Urology Essay

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The international volunteer in urology (IVU) was established in 1992. Their mission is to teach and provide service, directly to patients in need of urological and surgical care. The IVU members accomplish this by teaching doctors and nurses in resource-poor areas of the world the skills they need. In return the people in these communities will have greater access to services. The international volunteer in urology has worked with many countries throughout the world. They’ve worked with countries in South America, Asia, Africa, and North America. According to the official IVU website, IVU spent a total of 4.2 million dollars in medical service to help the countries in need in 2013.

Urology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system, and the male reproductive organs. There are thousands of people around the world that suffer from Urological disorders that cannot be cured. Disorders such as bladder cancer, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction are many problems that the IVU aims to prevent, in poor countries around the world. They have a wide array of programs that gives a better understanding of urology. The IVU pediatric program aims to prevent reproductive and urinary tract malformations in children around the world. Also the IVU women health program aims to stop esico vaginal fistula (VVF). VVF is a devastating condition that plagues over two women worldwide.