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.

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Jacques Corcos


THE FOUNDATION IS MANAGED BY A BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

DR. DENIS MUKWEGE,
HONORARY PRESIDENT

Dr. Denis Mukwege is a gynecologist who has dedicated his life to fighting rape as a weapon of war. Since 1999, he has helped more than 54,000 women and girls victims of sexual violence at the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Also known as “the man who repairs women”, he has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2014 Sakharov Prize and the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. We are very honored and touched by the support of Dr. Mukwege, which motivates us to go further in our humanitarian actions to improve maternal health.

Dr. JACQUES CORCOS,
PRESIDENT

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 BRETON,
GENERAL MANAGER

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, and she accepted the position of General Manager in 2016.

Andrea Juarez,
SECRETARY

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, and she joined the Board in 2015.

RENÉE MAHFODA,
TREASURER

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 joined the Board as treasurer in 2015.

Claudette Dionne, Communications Committee

Claudette holds a Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy/Literature, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Montreal. She has worked as Director of Communications for the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and 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 Board in 2018.

Thomas Vignalou,
Communications Committee

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.

MARIA CHERBA,
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 Corcos,
STRATEGIC COMMITTEE

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.

ANNE MILAMEM,
FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

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.

Dr. Alfred Homsy,
Board Member

Dr. Homsy, Chief of Anesthesia at the Lasalle Hospital, has been involved in medical humanitarian aid since 2004 (in Haiti). He joined the MMS team in 2013 and has participated in almost all of the MMS surgical missions in Burkina Faso and in Rwanda. Dr. Homsy places much importance on conducting anesthesia in situations lacking proper resources and he aims to share his expertise with medical and nursing colleagues in his specific field. He also contributes to education and research by helping to recruit people who could potentially support the Foundation.

ERICA POMERANCE,
board MEMBER

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, board 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.

IKRAM SCHELHOT,
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

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. He joined the Board of Directors in 2013.

Dominique Perrault,
board Member

Dominique studied education at the University of Montreal and began her career as a teacher at the elementary level. After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, she worked in the securities field, and then pursued a Master’s degree in career counseling (McGill University and the University of Quebec in Montreal) and worked as a career transition consultant. She joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

AMBASSADORS CLUB

Sandra Sezirahiga,
Réseau des professionnels rwandais du Canada

Coming soon.

Alain Maurice Fikirini,
Mister Afrique Montréal 2018

Coming soon.

Carla Beauvais

Coming soon.

Gytana Theobrun

Soming soon.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE – RWANDA

Achille Ubalijoro

Coming soon.

Nadine Magali-Ufitinema

Coming soon.