A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT
The MMS Foundation aims to reduce maternal mortality in Africa. For every 100,000 African women in labour, 500 presently die during childbirth. That rate is 30 times higher than that occurring in Canada. During difficult, prolonged delivery further complicated by lack of access to proper healthcare, a fistula (hole) may form between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum.
This results in urinary or fecal incontinence. It has been estimated that there are over 2,000,000 cases of obstetric fistula worldwide. Every year, more than 50,000 new cases are diagnosed in Africa alone.
Our Foundation organizes medical missions to help such women. We can reduce the occurrence of fistula among African women by improving the conditions for childbirth, and existing cases of fistula can be successfully treated through surgery.
Our objectives are carried out thanks to the generosity of our donors.
By donating to the MMS Foundation, you will be contributing to the worldwide effort to improve maternal health.
The MMS team and the women who benefit from our assistance would like to thank you for your generous support.
THE FOUNDATION IS MANAGED BY A BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Dr. Jacques Corcos is a professor of surgery (urology) at McGill University and surgeon at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. Former Head of Surgery of Bambari Hospital (RCA), he has always been involved in voluntary assistance in Africa and elsewhere in the world. From 2008 to 2011, he was Secretary-General of the International Continence Society and is currently a member of its Executive committee. In addition to leading the MMS Foundation, he is in charge of setting up the surgical missions to treat women with obstetric fistula.
Stéphanie holds an MBA from HEC Montreal and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Université de Montréal. Her participation in a medical mission in 2012 convinced her to intensify her involvement with the MMS Foundation in order to come to the aid of the poorest women in the world, who unfortunately are not spoken about enough. She holds the Foundation’s objectives in high regard, and that is the reason she accepted the position of General Manager.
Andrea began her teaching career at the elementary and secondary level. Currently, she is the director of a learning center where she has the opportunity to intervene with students presenting different profiles. Women’s and children’s issues are very dear to her, so it is with great pleasure that she joined the committee of the MMS foundation.
Renée holds a BA in Finance Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales. For 22 years she worked for the Jewish General Hospital and is now director of operations for the Children’s Foundation of Tower of Light (Migdal Ohr Canada). Being an excellent volunteer, she is pleased to join the board as treasurer
Claudette Dionne, Communications Committee
Born in Montréal, Claudette holds a Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy/Literature, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Montreal. During her career, she has worked as Director of National and International Communications for the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Director of Communications, and has been responsible for all the opening events of the New Museum, as well exhibitions and special events for the Museum of Contemporary Art. President and founder of Dionne Communications, Claudette manages marketing, advertising (visual design, placement) and media relations. She is also involved in the organization of special events and joined the Foundation in 2018.
Thomas holds an MBA from Kedge Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration. He has worked in management and business development in the mass distribution sector, and is currently Director of Marketing and Business Development for a management and human resources consulting firm in Montreal. Thomas volunteers with several organizations, and is committed to promoting the MMS Foundation and its mission. He recently joined the Board of Directors as a member of the Communications Committee.
Maria is a doctoral student at the University of Montreal, her research focuses on health communication. With other members of the communications committee, she takes care of the Foundation’s website, newsletter, social media, and well as media relations and the production of promotional material.
Valérie studied Finance at HEC Montréal and at the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina. After working as a global financial market consultant for several years, she has recently joined a start-up specializing in the electricity. Over the years, Valerie has volunteered for several organizations. After participating on a MMS medical mission in Burkina Faso in 2016, she was proud to officially join the Board of Directors as investment advisor.
A pharmacist by training, Anne is the founder of Styl’Afrique Coop, a cooperative of women from diverse cultural backgrounds, mainly from African countries. She also works with La Rue des Femmes, a community center that welcomes women in need. She joined the Foundation to share her experience in the humanitarian community and offer her expertise in fundraising.
This anesthetist and re-animator (Lyon 1978) is a physician who also trained as a pediatrician. Since 2002 he has practiced at the Lasalle Hospital, where he has headed his department since 2013. He is vice president of the Quality Care Act division the CIUSSS in Montreal’s West Island district. He has participated various medical missions (Haiti in 2004(. He joined the MMS Foundation team in 2013 and has accompanied 3 missions his the capacity of anesthetist Burkina Faso and twice in Rwanda. Dr. Homsy places much importance on conducting anesthesia in situations lacking proper resources and he aims to train others while sharing his expertise with medical and nursing colleagues in his specific field. He also contributes to education and research by helping to recruit a wide range of competent, knowledgeable people who could potentially participate in the Foundation.
Erica is a documentary filmmaker, researcher and translator. She has made several films in West Africa, including some that address maternal health. Dabla ! Excision (2003) and Caravan (2009) document the strong movement for the eradication of female genital mutilation ; Operation Survival (2010) reveals the efforts to treat women suffering from obstetric fistula in Mali. A founding member of the Montreal International Documentary Festival, she is also a board member of the Association of Filmmakers of Quebec and Montreal Arts Council.
Elkis Sanabria, Member
Elkis has been living in Canada for over 25 years. She studied tourism at LaSalle College and has worked in the field of travel insurance for 18 years. Elkis has participated in many fundraisers for various health-related causes (juvenile diabetes, breast cancer) and has always volunteered her time. After attending and participating in some of the Foundation’s activities and seeing the results, she joined the Board of Directors to help organize the medical missions.
In 1977 Ikram founded Concept IS International, a visual communications agency based in Montreal. Under his leadership Concept IS International is now recognized as one of the few truly versatile Canadian agencies in the visual communications industry. Very touched by the philosophy, culture and humanism of the Foundation , he decided to join the board in 2103.
Réseau des professionnels rwandais du Canada
Alain Maurice Fikirini,
Mister Afrique Montréal 2018
ADVISORY COMMITTEE – RWANDA