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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: The Worldwide Fistula Fund is an incubator, funder, and promoter of innovative solutions to improve global women’s reproductive health. The Worldwide Fistula Fund supports research, treatment, prevention, and social service programs directed at obstetric fistula and related maladies, with a special emphasis on improving the capacity of low-resource countries to meet these health care needs.

Results: Women receive Life-Changing Surgery at Danja Fistula Center in Niger and at Referral Hospitals in Uganda. WFF identifies and transports women to fistula surgery performed by Expert Fistula Surgeons. WFF offers Recovery and Ongoing Support to women including comprehensive post-operative care, meals, counseling, and integrated physical therapy overseen by WFF’s Rehabilitation Advisory Council. Women participate in Education and Vocational Skills Training in literacy and health , as well as embroidery , handcrafting jewelry, catering and more. WFF also launched the Women’s Empowerment Center in Uganda in collaboration with TERREWODE. WFF supports Advocacy and Support Groups by providing ongoing counseling, as well as connecting survivors to local survivor groups. WFF improves global women’s reproductive health and childbrith safety through capacity building in low-resource countries to meet women’s health care needs. WFF provides Expert OB-GYN Training through our enhanced OB-GYN residency training program, Mekelle Medical Education Collaboration, and our specialized Urogynecology Fellowship training program, both launched in partnership with and at Mekelle University in Ethiopia. WFF funds Community Health Advocate Training where community members learn to raise fistula awareness and to encourage giving birth in health centers.

Target demographics: women suffering from childbirth unjuries

Direct beneficiaries per year: 550

Geographic areas served: sub-Saharan Africa

Programs: Danja Fistula Center, Niger Women's Empowerment Center, Uganda Mekelle Medical Education Collaboration, Ethiopia

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Laura338

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm constantly impressed with the efforts of the people running this non-profit. What a great cause - hope someone will make a documentary about it one day ;)

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Worldwide Fistula Fund from the book Half the Sky. I had never heard of such a horribly, devastating condition as obstetric fistula before then. I was so moved by these women and what Worldwide Fistula Fund is doing to give them their lives and dignity back. I believe everyone should know about the incredible work Worldwide Fistula Fund is doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

WWF does a remarkable job of raising awareness and funds to help victims of fistula heal and rejoin their communities, as well as to provide health training for OB-GYN professionals to aid in prevention and increased treatment. I recently attended a fundraiser in Chicago and was impressed with the passion, professionalism and compassion of every person involved. Keep up the good work!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization run by wonderful people. I had the pleasure of meeting several of the staff members, a survivor and partner, and other donors at their last event. Amazing experience. They're doing incredible work for women and girls in Africa. Very highly recommended.

Jennifer605

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent organization that does real and lasting good, helping women whose lives have been overturned by traumatic childbirth experiences get back on their feet both via surgery and skills training so they can take control of their own futures once their bodies have healed.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Worldwide Fistula Fund is a great non-profit which seeks to help women who suffer from what can be defined as modern day leprosy - obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula is a childbirth related injury most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia resulting from prolonged, obstructed labor which causes a hole between the women’s vagina and rectum causing her to be incontinent, sometimes for years. WWF supports hospitals and physicians in Niger, Uganda and Ethiopia. The result, not only are women repaired physically – a miracle for them - but are repaired holistically through education and vocational training.

Sylvia20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing charity working tirelessly restoring health and dignity, ending unspeakable pain and trauma to countless women!

Beth181

Donor

Rating: 5

WFF meets women in their most wounded and traumatized realities and accompanies them on the path to health- physical, emotional and communal. By focusing on the healing of each individual woman they are shining a high intensity light on the need for our healing as societies and as a species, by honoring the power and integrity of women. WFF communicates their successes but is not intrusive in its marketing. I am so honored to be a member of their supporters.

Donor

Rating: 5

I contributed to this charity because of a column by Nicholas Kristof concerning the many women in developing countries who suffer permanently from the condition that WWF addresses. It seems a small issue but to the women who are shunned and humiliated, it is a big one. The staff are committed to having the donations go directly to the women who need the service. Small staff, big accomplishments.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently became a donor to wwf and couldn't be more impressed, they are transparent and humble and working with woman who have terrible fistulas. Thank you