Pere Barri, 2011 FPdGi Social Award

FPdGi Award in the social area, for his social commitment in a pioneering medical initiative in Spain

Dr. Pere N. Barri Soldevila (1976, Barcelona) is the head of the Gynecology Service's Surgery Department at the Dexeus University Institute. In 2007, coordinating his hospital's Gynecology and Psychiatry services, Dr. Barri started up the “Post-Ablation genital reconstruction” program through the Dexeus Foundation – Women's Health. This is a project of exceptional social value that pursues a threefold objective: to favor the free-of-charge access to this type of surgery for patients who request it, to raise awareness of the expectations that these operations offer and train experts, as well as to disseminate the surgical technique that allows the physical and psychological recovery of the greatest possible number of victims.

He propels in this way a genital mutilation repair surgery program, which by the end of the year 2011 will have operated in Spain free of charge on  50 female victims of ablation.

It is estimated that over 500,000 women have been victims of ablation in the European Union as a whole and that there are millions of victims around the world. Amnesty International warns that, every day, 8,000 girls worldwide run the risk of undergoing the amputation of their genitals.

Pere N. Barri graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in the year 2000. He began his humanitarian surgery programs during his specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Dexeus University Institute, joining the team of Dr. Manuel Devesa and taking part almost yearly in expeditions to Cameroon and Madagascar. He performed over 50 surgical operations on each trip, especially in connection with the repair of obstetric fistulas, “Africa's silent illness”. 

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