Unitex Donates Linens to Rwanda

Posted November 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Unitex Textile Rental Services, Mount Vernon, NY, recently partnered with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York, for the third consecutive year, donating linen and gowns to the International Organization for Women and Development (IOWD) in Rwanda, Africa.  Dr. Joshua Holden, a general OB/GYN physician at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and long-time IOWD supporter and volunteer, works with Unitex to bring the linen to Rwanda, according to a news release.

Dr. Holden volunteers yearly for two-week missions in Rwanda to help prevent and treat obstetric fistula, a medical condition that occurs after severe or failed childbirth. “Working with Dr. Holden and the IOWD is a natural fit for us given our commitment to the community and the medical field,” said Unitex Vice President of Sales & Marketing David Potack. “This is an incredibly worthy cause and we are happy to make a difference. We also admire Dr. Holden’s dedication to this organization and look forward to helping in years to come.”

The IOWD is a private nonprofit that was organized in 2003 to treat women with this condition in Africa, and to train doctors in techniques to prevent the injury. Two million women around the world suffer from disabling symptoms of obstetric fistula, a condition most common in poor countries that don’t have health resources comparable to developed nations.