The Fistula Foundation

Rating: 4.95 stars   288 reviews

Issues: Health, International

Location: 1922 The Alameda Suite 302 San Jose CA 95126 USA

Mission: Fistula Foundation works to heal women suffering from obstetric fistula by funding treatment, surgeon training, and medical equipment. To date, we have funded fistula treatment in 28 countries.
Results: Fistula Foundation is the largest private charitable foundation not accepting government funding supporting fistula treatment globally. Wherever possible, we work to empower dedicated local doctors in developing countries. We fund fistula surgery, surgeon training, the building of hospitals and operating rooms that are dedicated to fistula surgery, as well as “mobile” care clinics in rural regions of the world where no hospitals exist. Would you like to know more? The real heroes are the partner organizations, the surgeons and the patients. All around the world, miracles are happening for young women living places like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. We invite you to take a moment now to visit our website and to learn how our donors' dollars are being put to work. Learn about the challenges of healing women in war zones and meet dedicated local surgeons who work every day to treat women who are suffering. Why wait? Take the journey with us right now. Let it inform you, and perhaps deepen your own life and perspective.
Target demographics: the one million women worldwide who currently suffer from the childbirth injury obstetric fistula, which renders a woman incontinent until she can receive a reparative surgery, like those our donors help us fund.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,511 women receive free, safe fistula repair surgeries. We also helped our partners throughout Africa and Asia by funding medical equipment and supplies, by funding surgeon training to expand the pool of surgeons who are able to perform more complex repairs, and by working with our partners to increase patient access to care.
Geographic areas served: countries throughout Africa and Asia, having funded fistula treatment in 30 countries since adopting a global mission in 2009.
Programs: obstetric fistula repair surgeries, patient identification, education and transportation, the training of obstetric fistula surgeons, and providing supplies and equipment to partners when needed to ensure that surgeries are conducted in as safe an environment as possible.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned about obstetric fistula while looking for summer internships in the non-profit sector and I was amazed by the tragedy of this stigmatized condition. When I found Fistula Foundation, I immediately knew that I wanted to spend my summer helping this wonderful organization and all of the women in the 19 countries that Fistula Foundation currently supports. I had an amazing experience, learned so much about obstetric fistula worldwide, and was able to join Fistula Foundation's fight to bring life-changing surgeries to women who live with obstetric fistula. At the end of the summer, I knew that I had to do more to help these women and I made a pledge to myself to donate the cost of one surgery ($450) every year from now on. Thank you, Fistula Foundation, for the opportunity to work for this worthy cause and for the work that you continue to do every day to give women new lives free from obstetric fistula!

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We learned about fistulas from watching a documentary we borrowed from the library. It broke our hearts and we wanted to help make a difference in their lives. Our family has been volunteering with The Fistula Foundation and so have some of our daughter's friends. It has been a life-changing experience for all of us! The staff is very kind and compassionate, and the office is a very peaceful place to work.

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Give us more work to do! :)

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The Fistula Foundation has helped women in Zambia through the Ministry of Health in partnership with Medecins Sans Frontieres-Spain in Luwingu, a rural district if Northern Zambia. MSF is running a Sexual Reproductive Health and PMTCT project up to June 2013. So funding from the Foundation has helped to repair fistulae for 48 women from March to October 2012. We hope the Founadtion will continue to fund this noble cause to bring dignity and joy to as many women as require this help. From: Winter Musonda, IEC Programmes Officer, MSF-Spain, Luwingu Zambia.

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Life-changing

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2012

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I occasionally do IT support for the Fistula Foundation and envelope stuffing. They are lean and mean team dedicated to saving as many women as possible from the horrors of fistula. They will make the best use of whatever you give them.

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A lot

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Quite well

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a volunteer with the Fistula Foundation for about a year and I am very impressed with the work that they are doing for these young women. I enjoy my time helping out and find that the people that work for the Foundation are very committed to this very worthwile cause.

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Some

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I'm a new volunteer to the Fistula Foundation, helping with some of the CEO's upcoming presentations. I'm deeply impressed by the staff's passion for their mission as well as the mission itself. They show great focus and a fierce commitment to improving the lives of women with this condition. As a volunteer those are two things I look for; I want to have a sense that my contributions have a tangible effect both for the nonprofit and the people they serve. I feel confident on both counts, and I look forward to continuing to work with them.

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A lot

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Quite well

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2012

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I started volunteering for the Fistula Foundation in December 2011 because I wanted to do something positive over my holiday break. I chose the Fistula Foundation because they were close to my home, and because I was familiar with fistulas after seeing the movie A Walk To Beautiful. I later became part-time staff to be able to continue my work with them on a regular basis. I feel that a fistula is such a debilitating yet treatable/preventable injury for so many women worldwide that I want to do whatever I can to reduce the number of women who live with this condition every day. The Fistula Foundation is making it possible for me to make a difference to women around the world, and to help women regain their dignity. The Foundation is run by a small staff who work hard on a lean budget, so that most of the money goes to fistula repair. The work I do in the office is not always glamorous, but I know every time I am there that I have made a difference in the lives of many women. Everyone has been friendly and kind whenever I am there, and I look forward to the days I go in. They make sure everyone feels welcome, and that everyone has a way to volunteer and make a difference. I would certainly recommend volunteering at the Fistula Foundation to anyone.

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A lot

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Very Well

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2012

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I have been a volunteer at the Fistula Foundation since 2010. While the tasks I help out with aren't earth-shattering themselves, I am so pleased to contribute to the organization's mission and always look forward to working with the extremely dedicated and enthusiastic staff at the Fistula Foundation. Though they are only a small group, they manage to create an incredible amount of support for some of the most marginalized women in the world. Their commitment to women's dignity in the face of fistula is inspiring, and I happily encourage others who support this cause to join them.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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I work in northern Tanzania performing obstetric fistula surgery over several different hospital sites. Without a car this was proving to be very difficult indeed.
After approaching The Fistula Foundation and outlying the need, it was granted in a seamless and timely fashion. I can now reach more patients with greater ease and reliability.
Dr Andrew Browning
Director
Selian Fistula Project
Arusha
Tanzania.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I read an article in the paper about the Fistula Foundation and was bothered by the lack of medical treatment for many woman. I was upset for several days when I would think of the isolation and the loneliness these woman must feel. I also thought how lucky I have have been living in the United States with great health care. Having health care options when delivering my children as well as great after care is something I took for granted for myself and had never considered it would be different for woman around the world. As a woman I feel I must contribute to other woman in our world that are less fortunate than I.

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I have read about the results of this organization, but have been lucky that I live in a country that provides great woman's health care

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