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Stephanie Linus’ Extended Hands Foundation helped 35 Women with VVF In Kebbi State



The Extended Hands Foundation, a non-governmental organisation with sponsorship from NNPC/SNEPCo completed the successful repair of 35 Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) patients in Kebbi State. The pool effort took place at the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development VVF Center in Gesse, Birin-Kebbi and received the co-operation of the Kebbi State Government.

Led by the founder Stephanie Linus, the Extended Hands Foundation team was received by the Governor of the state Dr. Abubakar Bagudu and the First Lady Dr. Zainab Bagudu. They both paid visits to the women at the VVF Center, showing their support for the cause. All the repairs have been completed successfully and the women are recovering well.

Stephanie Linus, who spent some time with the women at the VVF Center during the course of the exercise, expressed her appreciation to the sponsors of the pool effort – NNPC/SNEPCo for investing in this cause. She also added that this was the second time the foundation was carrying out such an exercise in Kebbi state.

The team of medical staff was led by Dr Sa’ad Idris, a seasoned VVF Surgeon and former Commissioner for Health in Zamfara State with over 20 years experience in the field. He was assisted by Dr Abubakar Bawa and other doctors and nurses at the VVF Center. Against the backdrop of her Child Bride and Fistula advocacy movie, DRY, Stephanie Linus has been taking the message of restoration and hope to real women suffering from VVF. This pool effort goes a long way to show that DRY is more than just a movie, but a tool for touching the lives of women actually living with this condition.

See photos below

Governor of Kebbi State Abubakar Bagudu & Founder of Extended Hands Foundation Stephanie Linus

Dr Abubakar Bawa chatting with some of the VVF Patients

A cross section of the Extended Hands Foundation Team, the doctors, nurses and VVF patients before the surgeries

A VVF Patient getting ready for her surgery

Governor of Kebbi State Abubakar Bagudu on a visit to the VVF Center

Governor of Kebbi State Abubakar Bagudu addressing some of the recipients of the free VVF surgeries

Some of the women at the VVF Center

Stephanie Linus with some Doctors and Nurses at the VVF Center

First Lady of Kebbi State Dr. Zainab Bagudu & Stephanie Linus

Items donated to the VVF Patients by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Kebbi State

Commissioner for Women Affairs in Kebbi State & Stephanie Linus presenting an economic empowerment item to a VVF Patient after her successful surgery


  1. Anon

    March 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Well done Stepanie, Dr Zainab and Kebbi State.

  2. Spunky

    March 16, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    God bless you plenty.

  3. Fob

    March 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    This cause is so close to my heart.. I really wish they could focus more on the campaign preventing child marriages. Look at those young girls already affected with VVF. If they heal won’t those perverts be waiting to penetrate them again. My heart bleeds for the plight of these young northern girls.

  4. iwalewa

    March 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    i really want to be part of a noble cause too. well done stephanie

  5. Ada

    March 16, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    God bless you Stephanie Linus, well done.

  6. Lols

    March 16, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Well done Stephanie! Thank you for making an impact!

  7. Jo

    March 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    God bless you Stephanie! But what are other first ladies of northern states doing? Little wonder Mrs Bagudu won the Silverbird Man of the year award! VVF is endemic in northern states and these first ladies should do more to help patients and ensure that underage marriages are prohibited.

    Enlightened northerners should do more to end underaged marriages. A good step would be passing Child’s Rights Laws in these states.

  8. Eni

    March 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    What Stephanie is doing is really great.
    I work for a big 4 audit firm in Cameroon and we the ladies contribute money every year for an act of charity in the month of March. This year we donated money for the surgeries of 7 women with both complex and simple cases of VVF.
    I’m glad I’m part of this.

  9. Mz Socially Awkward....

    March 17, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I’m looking at the pictures of some of those children (and that’s what they simply are – little, barely teen girls) and it’s just heart-breaking to think of why they’re here.×400.jpg×400.jpg

    You’re an amazing woman, Stephanie Linus. God bless you and I pray that countless more lives will continue to be transformed by your charity work in this section of humanity.

  10. Mary

    March 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Steph, you have a noble heart, you are an inspiration to young ladies out there. God bless you real good

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