AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Foundation for International Urogynecological Assistance (FIUGA) and Caldera Medical today announced their partnership to support urogynecological education, research and care around the world to reduce the suffering of women with Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).
Caldera Medical is a medical device company that develops differentiated surgical implants for the treatment of SUI and POP. “Millions of women in poverty-stricken countries are incapacitated by incontinence and/or prolapse and are not receiving the care they need,” stated Bryon Merade, Chairman and CEO, Caldera Medical, adding, “teaming up with FIUGA to eliminate the suffering of women with SUI and POP will enable us to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life for women. I encourage people to show their support of FIUGA by offering a donation, https://www.statusplus.net/fiuga/donate/.”
“Caldera Medical is a great partner and this partnership reflects our desire to collaborate with companies that share our vision of a world where all women are free from pelvic floor problems. This partnership underscores our commitment to promote research, education and care of urogynecology conditions,” said Dr. Peter Sand, President, FIUGA.
FIUGA will coordinate humanitarian trips for surgeons and arrange logistics, including local transportation, accommodation, customs enforcement and safety. Caldera Medical will sponsor travel and housing expenses of FIUGA’s faculty traveling on humanitarian trips. Caldera Medical aims to promote FIUGA’s goal to generate more positive support for the cause. In addition, Caldera Medical will donate surgical implants and provide reusable introducers during humanitarian trips.
About Women’s Health Initiative and Caldera Medical
Caldera Medical launched Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) to partner with leading surgeons to advance education and provide humanitarian aid while delivering care to impoverished women suffering from SUI and POP regardless of their ability to pay. The initiative specifically involves dispatching teams of surgeons to underprivileged areas to treat patients and to provide proper training to local physicians. WHI’s goal is to alleviate one million women suffering from incontinence and prolapse by 2025.
Caldera Medical’s product lines include Desara® Sling System for the treatment of SUI and Vertessa® Lite for use in abdominal sacrocolpopexy procedures for the treatment of POP. Caldera Medical is a privately held company located in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit Caldera Medical at http://www.calderawhi.com or http://www.calderamedical.com.
FIUGA was founded and incorporated in 2013 in the United States as an independent tax-exempt charitable organization commissioned to support the charitable and academic activities of the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA). The main goal of FIUGA is advancing global urogynecological knowledge and practice through education and the promotion of basic and clinical research on disorders of the female pelvic floor throughout the world.
The Ghana Project – Their first project was to establish a Center of Excellence in Ghana in collaboration with the Ghanaian College of Surgeons to promote education in Female Pelvic Medicine.
IUGA eXchange Program – Through eXchange Programs, they improve the quality of life for women with pelvic floor problems around the world by teaching their care providers how to diagnose and treat pelvic floor dysfunction in underserved areas. Since 2005, 19 eXchange Programs have been held in 13 countries: Bahrain, Serbia, Thailand, China, the Philippines, South Africa, Mozambique, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Bolivia, Jordan, Sudan and India.
Regional Symposia – Through Regional Symposia held at major teaching centers where urogynecological services are already being provided, FIUGA further promotes the advanced education of obstetricians and gynecologists, urologists and other healthcare providers to improve their skill sets and promote research in women’s pelvic health. Venues have included Hong Kong, Slovenia, Argentina, California, Chile and Israel.
International Fellowship – FIUGA also offers fellowships, observerships and research grants to allow for increased dissemination of urogynecological knowledge
For more information, visit FIUGA at https://fiuga.statusplus.net/.