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Sr. & Dr. MAURA LYNCH (1938 – 2017)

Extensive work in missionary hospitals in Africa

Sr. & Dr. Maura Lynch (1938 – 2017)

Sr. & Dr. Maura Lynch

MB, BCh BAO NUI 1964; DObst RCOG 1967; DTM Lisbon 19667; (Univ Coll. Dub; FRCSI 1985.

Sr. & Dr. Maura Lynch, was a gynaecologist who revolutionised obstetric fistula care in Uganda. Born in Youghal in 1938, Lynch joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary aged seventeen before studying medicine at UCD. She earned a diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, then studied tropical medicine and Portuguese in Lisbon so that her order could send her to Angola. After nearly twenty years of clinical work in Angola, Lynch saw that the need for a specialist surgeon in the country was not being met. In 1984, aged forty-seven, Lynch began her surgical training at the RCSI. Upon qualifying, she returned immediately to Angola. With the outbreak of war, she relocated to Uganda, where she would remain for the next thirty years. In addition to practicing, Lynch is credited with more than 1,000 vesicovaginal fistula repairs as well as raising funds for, and awareness of, what is generally considered a disease of poverty.