VASECTOMY ACCEPTOR OF THE YEAR

We depend on the courage and conviction of men the world over to share their stories and serve as role models for others.  This award honors an individual who not only chose to get a vasectomy, but inspired others to do the same.

2016 – Kenya, George Mbogah

In 2012, George Mbogah traveled 26 hours by bus to get a vasectomy so that his wife would not have to risk a pregnancy in the future. Jonathan Stack , who had accompanied Dr. Doug Stein on an NSVI mission to Kenya was so moved by George’s story, where a man undertakes an act of love on behalf of his family, that he woke upinspired to start World Vasectomy Day and to aggregate the good intentions of such men around the world. The following year, World Vasectomy Day was celebrated in 24 countries during 24 hours with almost a thousand men taking this heroic step in celebration of the day. George has continued to inspire men in Kenya and elsewhere by his example and authentic personal story, which he shares widely in support of vasectomy. Thank you, George, for this growing movement, which today will be celebrated in 42 countries during 24 plus hours and with ten thousand expected to join the ranks of responsible men everywhere. Thank you, George, for your wisdom and heartfelt expression of the founding principles of our movement.

2017 – Mexico, Ulises Cruz Gama

The award to the patient who represents the ideal of a hero and a responsible man this year goes to Ulises Cruz Gama, a fireman whose heroism after the recent earthquake in Mexico City saved lives and has made him a hero among Mexicans, who suffered this tremendous tragedy only two months ago. Gama, as we call him, was also a hero in the earthquake of 1985, where news coverage from that era shows him exhausted, working tirelessly to find people buried in the rubble. He had his vasectomy 15 years ago, and has been an ambassador for the procedure, and at the same time is the ideal for anyone who thinks that having a vasectomy compromises anyone’s masculinity. We are so happy to have met this great man, who represents every man who has the courage to make this sacrifice for the sake of his wife, his children, and the planet.

2019 – Colombia, Nicolás Samper Camargo

Nicolás Samper Camargo, a journalist for RCN Radio and a regular contributor to many of Colombia’s most distinguished media outlets. He is a well recognized journalistic reporting on Colombian and international soccer, and therefore, a voice that impacts millions of men. Nicolás not only answered to the call to support WVD and Profamilia, but he decided to make the decision to get a vasectomy as part of the 2019 campaign. He opened the doors of his workspace and privacy to share his story as a testimony of his belief in the joint responsibility and importance of gender equity in contraception. Thanks to his courage, thousands of people in Colombia were able to see the simplicity, effectiveness, and importance of vasectomy, and for that, we recognize him as the recipient of the 2019 Exemplary Vasectomy History award.

2020 – Canada, Nico Luc Lajoie & Daniel Bouffard

Luc Lajoie is a triathlete, a tech administrator and single dad who has raised a 17 year old daughter and Daniel Bouffard is a computer programmer and father of two children under the age of 4.  Perhaps in Quebec, with Dr. Labrecque leading the way, vasectomy is an easy and natural choice for men whose family is complete,, but by agreeing to be on camera, they serve as examples of courage and conviction for the men throughout the world for whom a vasectomy is not an easy choice.

World Vasectomy Day salutes both Luc and Daniel, for taking on the responsibility for your fertility and sharing your stories with the men throughout the planet.

PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

The success of our movement depends on vasectomy providers who go beyond the call of duty in their commitment and compassion for the craft, for their colleagues and for their clients. This award honors an individual vasectomy provider who, through their work, has made an extraordinary contribution to our movement.

2016 – India, Dr. Baljit Kaur

Dr. Baljit Kaur received her medical degree in 1990, and by 1999 was specializing in No Scalpel Vasectomy,  and in 2000 became a trainer for NSV for the Government of India. In 2007 she received a national award in recognition of outstanding contribution in the field of no scalpel vasectomy by the Minstry of Health and Family Welfare. Her efforts on behalf of family planning, HIV medicine,  male and female sterilization methods, and mobilizing on behalf of no scalpel vasectomy, and her tireless promotion of including men in the conversation about family planning make her a most deserving recipient of this, the first Elliot-Smith award. Thank you, Dr. Kaur, for your great contributions to the promotion of vasectomy with your esteemed colleague, Dr. Kaza.

2017 – United States, Dr. Doug Stein

This year, the first award goes to a doctor whose commitment to vasectomy is beyond compare. Not only did he give up his practice as a urologist to commit to doing vasectomies (and also vasectomy reversals) of the highest caliber, but he helped start a foundation that travels the world offering free vasectomies to men who otherwise would have no access to these services. His support for World Vasectomy Day has never faltered, and without him, this movement to include men in the conversation about family planning would not exist. We are honored and privileged to be able to present this award to Dr. Doug Stein, who has provided over 45,000 vasectomies in his practice, not including those of his volunteer activities around the world. Thank you, Doug!

2019 – Colombia, Dr. Diana Torres

Dr. Diana Torres, general practitioner of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and urologist of the Universidad del Rosario and a graduate in Clinical Sexology from the FUCS, is one of the first female urologists in the country, the first woman to perform vasectomies in the city of Bogotá and the person responsible for bringing World Vasectomy Day to Colombia.
She has been committed to her work at Profamilia for 21 years, in which she has performed nearly 35,000 vasectomies. Dr. Diana is a pioneer in the use of the thermocautery vasectomy technique in the country, which she has perfected while participating in innovative training in Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. Her leadership, dedication and contribution to male participation in contraception in the country, makes her a recipient of the 2019 Award for Excellence in Vasectomy Practice.

2020 – Haiti, Dr. Maudlin Mesadieu

Maudelin Mesadieu started a clinic in a house in Fort Bourgeois, an underserved area in Northern Haiti, after he received his medical degree in 2010. Since then he has opened a second clinic in his hometown of Mombin-Crochu, a two-and-a-half hour commute from his home town of Cap Haitian.

Trained by Doug Stein, Dr. Mesadieu has been the driving force and backbone of multiple NSVI missions and despite all the challenges of providing medical services in his region, has helped change attitudes and awareness about vasectomies. And while many doctors were forced to stop working because of Covid, he has continued to provide vasectomy services throughout. For him, a Vasectomy, as with all family planning, should be considered a priority procedure.

For this unwavering dedication through these times of adversity, for being vasectomy services to the most underserved and for proving his fortitude and commitment to excellence, World Vasectomy Day is honored to acknowledge  Maudelin’s contributions to our movement and his nation.

Thanks to our donors!

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

To achieve its potential and fulfill its purpose, a vasectomy program depends on institutions, organizations and advocates, whose unswerving commitment provides the leadership needed for success. This award honors individuals whose impassioned work as members of major organizations – both public and private – have made a substantial difference in their country.

2016  – Philippines, Frohnie Cagitan

Frohnie Cagitan from the largely Catholic country of Philippines, advocates for family planning through the promotion of vasectomy and has moved many in Cebu to a greater understanding of the benefits of taking control of family size, lifting children out of poverty, and creating opportunities that benefit everyone in the family and the community.  With tireless energy and commitment she advocates, sensitizes, and opens the doors for frank discussions about family planning that are difficult in these circumstances. We honor her for her dedication, perserverence, eternal cheer and enthusiasm. Thank you Frohnie!

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2017 – Kenya, Nimrod Silla

Kenya is a country where we were told no men would accept vasectomy. Nevertheless, using Nimrod’s skills as a graphic designer for our posters, billboard and brochure, his gift as a youth organizer and theatrical producer, and his street smarts to engage people in true dialog about what it means to be a responsible man. we did 72 during the day, and many more after. The demand has remained higher in Kenya as a result, with reports from doctors there that they’re still seeing an increased demand in their practice.

Our gratitude to Nimrod for all his creativity, energy, kindness, and commitment is expressed in this award, which he so richly deserves.

2019 – Mexico, Act. Yolanda Varela

Mexico’s vasectomy program provided by the National Center for Gender Equity and Reproductive Health serves as a model for the rest of the world. Led by Act. Yolanda Varela Chavez, their enthusiasm and support for World Vasectomy Day and their unrelenting commitment to innovation and creativity has transformed their program and led to unprecedented growth.

Excellence in promoting men’s participation in contraception makes them recipients of the 2019 WVD Award for Excellence in Institutional Promotion of Vasectomy.

2020 – United States, Dr. Esgar Guarín and Lilian Cuberos Guarín 

Esgar Guarín is the epitome of can-do, and his wife, Lilian, otherwise known as Yiya, is a perfect match for his energy and intelligence. Between them, they have built a business, created a dynamic website, and at the same time home-schooled two bright daughters.   

In 2017, Esgar came with us to Mexico and had a taste of working in a mobile unit furnished by DKT. He realized that this would be a way to expand his practice, and reach people in many locations in the largely rural state of Iowa. This year, he and Yiya planned and designed a medical trailer for vasectomy that they will be inaugurating at this year’s November 20, World Vasectomy Day.  

Meanwhile, Yiya has joined the WVD team and has provided the drive, the humor and the know-how to organize these complex events, helping us succeed in everything from sharing valuable insights about the academy project to solving logistics problems.

LIFE-TIME ACHIEVEMENT

Many doctors, family planning advocates and community organizers often toil in anonymity and at great personal sacrifice while never swerving from their commitment to serve a purpose and a cause  greater than themself.  This award honors an individual who has dedicated his or her life in service of others and leaves a legacy of excellence that others might follow.

2016 – India, Dr. Ramchandra Kaza

Dr. Ramchandra Kaza is the father of no scalpel vasectomy in India. He was a successful surgeon in 1992 when he learned the no-scapel technique, and recognized that the value of this minor surgery to family planning was a needed, effective, and underutilized method of permanent contraception that had to be promoted in India. With government approval but no funding, and giving up his surgical practice, he set out to train doctors in 440 of India’s 600 districts, using his own funds until the government of India finally recognized the great value of his work to the nation. India now celebrates World Vasectomy Day for an entire month each year, largely due to the dedication of Dr. Kaza. Thank you, Dr. Kaza, for the lifetime of sacrifice and dedication to a noble and worthwhile educational effort on behalf of your country and all the others you have inspired.

2017 – Philippines/United States, Dr. Ramon Suarez

Finally, this year we also have a special lifetime award for another doctor who has spent his career promoting vasectomy as a responsible choice for men. Dr. Ramon Suarez, originally from the Philippines and now residing in Florida, started the organization No Scalpel Vasectomy International. With Doug, Ramon has been an ambassador for vasectomy around the world, performing thousands of vasectomies in Haiti, Kenya, Philippines, and many other places. It’s our pleasure to recognize and thank Ramon for his lifetime of promoting, educating, and demystifying the procedure for thousands of families worldwide. It’s a true honor to be able to acknowledge Dr. Suarez for his endless efforts on behalf of both NSVI and World Vasectomy Day, and to thank him in person on this, our fifth anniversary!

2019 – Canada, Dr. Michel Labrecque

For hundreds of healthcare professionals globally, Dr Labrecque symbolizes dedication, commitment, mentorship, and innovation in the field of men’s sexual and reproductive health. For WVD, in addition to his professional career, Dr. Labrecque is an ally, a friend, and a creative and caring colleague who is always ready to change the world one vasectomy at a time. With this award, we recognize his contributions to male contraception through research, innovation and excellence, and his ongoing commitment to promoting vasectomy best practices around the world.

2020 – Canada, Dr. Ron Weiss

Ron Weiss is so famous for his vasectomies and his technique that in  Ottawa men who get vasectomies say they’ve been “Weissed”. With more than 60,000 vasectomies and counting under his belt Ron has set the bar very high for colleagues, in quality and in quantity! Maybe you didn’t know this, but Ron is a musician and to really understand him, you need to listen to his CD, Arrow and Heart, with ballads like “You Mean Everything to Me” and the upbeat “Embrace”. He arranges the orchestration, plays guitar and piano, and sings lead vocals. He’s Canada’s and the world’s own vasectomy doctor/James Taylor protogé!

Mostly what you’ll realize is that this is a man who is filled with love and hope for all of us. To quote Ron, “For what it’s worth I choose to embrace today.”

World Vasectomy Day honors Ron for all the contributions he’s made over the years to the art and science of vasectomy, for his leadership, and most of all for the men, women and families, he has taught, influenced, and empowered.

LIFETIME VASECTOMY TRAINER AWARD

2020 – Mexico, José Antonio Castro Garduño 

Is the lead trainer and certified for the Centro Nacional de Equidad de Genero y Salud Reproductivo (CNEGSR) at the Ministry Health where he is responsible for training and certifying doctors in NSV in all 32 of Mexico’s states. He’s the trusted and well-respected liaison between over 350 vasectomy providers who work for the federal department of health and has built a nationwide vasectomy program that would be the envy of most countries.

He’s also the reason that World Vasectomy Day learned of Mexico’s efforts, and through him made our first contacts with their program. Thanks to Dr. Castro Garduño, we have been able to work jointly to help promote vasectomy through Día Mundial de la Vasectomía and turn Mexico into regional and global leaders.

We at World Vasectomy Day thank you, Toño, for your friendship, and your great commitment to the doctors in Mexico, who have because of yoru passion, brought vasectomy to such a high level of success!

CAREER INNOVATOR AWARD

2020 – Australia, Nick Demediuk

Dr. Demediuk a.k.a. Dr. Snip is practically a household word in Australia. He has pioneered vasectomy and brought his passion and commitment to over 30,000 men and has launched a number of clinics.

His unwavering commitment to vasectomy, his generosity exchanging ideas with his peers, his lifelong pursuit of excellence and innovation, and his leadership in bringing World Vasectomy Day into its first iteration as an event in 2013 at Australia’s Festival of Ideas are examples of the energy and enthusiasm that Dr. Demediuk brings to his work and to our world.

He has participated in multiple NSVI missions, each winter’s Vasectomy ski seminar, World Vasectomy Day events and not least of all, passing on his skills to the next generation, including his own daughter. It all speaks to an unsurpassed dedication to extending knowledge and practical help as we engage more and more men in a conversation about male involvement in family planning. 

ELLIOT SMITH AWARD

World Vasectomy Day offers the Elliot-Smith Award to a country and program that demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to building a sustainable and scalable sexual and reproductive health program for men, including vasectomy.

With the award comes a year-long commitment to provide support for the winning program and organization, including site visits, webinars and direct program assistance. The award consists of a combination of cash, technical support, medical training, supplies, research and demand generation programs valued in excess of $10,000.00. The award is named in honor of Dr. Arthur Elliot-Smith, renowned urologist and surgeon and one of the early advocates for Vasectomy in the UK.

Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1901, he trained in Clare College, Cambridge, University College Hospital and the Royal Post-Graduate Hospital, London. Then in 1939, Dr. Elliot-Smith was appointed Consultant Surgeon to the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. A renowned surgeon, a highly respected teacher and a modest man with a constant air of serenity, he left behind a legacy of excellence in care for others to follow.

A fearless advocate for vasectomy, Dr. Elliot-Smith helped launch the Simon Trust Vasectomy Clinic in 1970. Despite prevailing doubts about male sterilization, during their first two years, the clinic was responsible for over 2,000 out-patient vasectomies.  A man committed to caring for the planet, Dr. Elliot-Smith felt that a vasectomy was a man’s greatest gift to family and the environment. After his death, the health institution he had helped build was renamed the Elliot-Smith Clinic and by 2014, 40,000+ surgeries had been performed, all under local anaesthesia.

To honor his exceptional commitment to our field, World Vasectomy Day is proud to announce the Arthur Elliot-Smith Award for Excellence in Developing a Sustainable Vasectomy Program.

2020 – Cemoplaf, Quito Ecuador

We are honored to announce that Cemoplaf, based in Quito, but with 25 clinics throughout the country, is the recipient of this year’s Elliot-Smith award.  Their extraordinary commitment and tenacity in launching a vasectomy program, while serving as the nation’s leader in sexual and reproductive health services makes them an exceedingly deserving recipient.  Led by their director, Lic. Teresa de Vargas, they are passionate defenders of women’s, and now men’s, rights in Ecuador.

During last year’s 2019 celebration, three members of their extraordinary team – Solange Galvez, Nellie Campaña and Cecilia Paredes – came to our headquarters at Profamilia in Bogota, Colombia. Inspired by the trip, they invited Dr. Michel Labrecque, Dr. Esgar Guarin and Dra. Eloisa Gonzalez to return in March. As well as organizing a half day symposium and training 3 new providers, 128 men chose to get a vasectomy as an act of solidarity during International Women’s Day.

Although disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, they continued to provide vasectomies throughout and remain enthusiastic partners in our shared commitment to build a vibrant vasectomy program in Ecuador.

Dear Friends of WVD

 

Going back to 2016, we have been honored to work closely with John Guillebaud and friends of the Elliot Smith Clinic. Over the past 5 years, you have supported WVD’s work around the world and for that we are very grateful.

Together, in 2019 we launched the Elliot Smith Award whose purpose is to acknowledge and support organizations that demonstrate a unique commitment to building viable vasectomy programs while encouraging male participation in family planning. In 2019, we supported Profamille in Haiti and where we were able to train 3 doctors and do 84 procedures. In -2020, we gave the award to CEMOPLAF in Ecuador and as part of an International Women’s Day celebration, we trained 3 doctors and did 128 vasectomies. 

This year we have chosen MSI BOLIVIA as the Elliot Smith Award winner.  Led by Ana Cecilia Velazquez and her extraordinary team they have demonstrated a passion in the pursuit of excellence that serves as inspiration for all of us at WVD.  In the coming weeks we will be training four Bolivian doctors and helping them set up a sustain program in four stand alone clinics and one mobile unit in all regions of the country.  The campaign has already launched and to date 600 men have signed up to get a vasectomy!  Three years ago, they had barely 25 patients.

We are in the thick of WVD excitement with more activities, more doctors and more participants than ever, and we do it all on the shoestring budget with a young team of dedicated family planning advocates.

Please donate as you feel fit, but we are hoping to reach $2500 and every bit helps. To give some perspective, the money we raise translates into 50 more vasectomies.  Yes, it’s a drop in the bucket given the challenges Bolivia faces, but it translates into a life transforming opportunity for families most in need and just important, vital support for a brilliant organization.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Stack