Fistula Foundation has a done a great work in kitovu hospital. It has helped women suffering from fistula be treated and regain their dignity. The foundation has helped the hospital get access to clean by financing the project of drilling a shallow well, Women suffering from fistula are ever leaking urine and stool, they need constant supply of water to wash and drink which Fistula Foundation has resolved.
Anfac was a 16 year old Somali girl in a refugee camp on the Kenyan border with Somalia. She was raped by 2 soldiers, 2 soldiers who then killed her brother who was trying to rescue her. Anfac ended up as a broken soul with an obstetric fistula. Through funding from The Fistula Foundation to the National Borama Fistula Hospital in Somaliland, Anfac was found, diagnosed, transported with her mother the 700 miles to the hospital, repaired. Kate and I met her there. Anfac was kept on at the hospital which underwrote her going to school, where she quickly learned English, computer skills, on a course to become a nurse while working at the hospital. This hospital provides free fistula repair and recovery facilities to over 450 patients per year. The Fistula Foundation has provided equipment, a bus to pick up patients, funding for over 50% of the operating costs of the hospital (the remainder of which is largely funded by the doctors themselves), and a wonderful, talented obstetric fistula surgeon from New York University (who operates, teaches residents, nurses and medical students) and comes twice a year. The Fistula Foundation has been doing this consistently for over 5 years. Fistula cases within 50 miles of the hospital have been reduced markedly and are dealt with on a current basis. The hospital is now reaching out to provide obstetric fistula education to the people throughout the Somali-speaking areas of the Horn of Africa and to extend their care throughout the region.
Why and How: Dedicated doctors, Kate Grant and her wonderful team at The Fistula Foundation
I worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Somaliland in the 1960's and went back some years ago on my retirement. I have been working with a group of Somali doctors who set up a fistula hospital there. It is free, and set up solely to help repair the destroyed birth canals of the thousands of women in the Somali region who suffer from fistulas because of no pre-natal care, inadequate trained birth assistants, and no post-natal care. These women are ostracized from society. I helped the National Borama (Somaliland) Fistula Hospital (NBFH) apply to The Fistula Foundation for assistance. The Fistula Foundation welcomed our request, understood the fistula problems in this region of Africa, helped us with a grant application, were very clear and specific with their suggestions and timely with their responses. As a consequence The Fistula Foundation helped NBFH pay for operating equipment, doctors, patient care and operating expenses. This increased the number of patients who could be treated. There were about 400 patients treated in 2011 and, with the continuing support of The Fistula Foundation, the plan is to increase patients treated to about 500 in 2012. Needless to say - we think The Fistula Foundation is wonderful.
I start contributing in 2006 after hearing about the problem on television. It amazed me that so many girls faced this terrible fate and I wanted to do what I could to help.
The Fistula Foundation has been a great help to them and I am proud to have helped a little.
I contacted The Fistula Foundation in 2010 to enquire about working together in Bangladesh with my organization- Hope Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh - to help women suffering from fistula. My experience when contacting the organization has been nothing short of extraordinary. The staff, especially the director, was welcoming, responsive and after explaining our experience and capability in Bangladesh, the Fistula Foundation welcomed our application to award a grant. In 12 years of existance this is the first time we received a grant wish such efficiency, as a result we were able to start working on the project without wasting any time. I am very impressed at the way The Fistula Foundation interacted with our organization. Having dealt with several donor organizations in the past, it is my experience that Fistula Foundation deals with grantees most respectfully, expeditiously and effectively. Also, the Foundation has been very quick and courteous about providing suggestions and guidance when needed. They also funded and sent a renowned Fistula surgeon to our hospital in Bangladesh from WAHA International, France to operate on 15 cases in just few months after the grant was awarded to our organization. I believe this partnership with The Fistula Foundation opened a new opportunity for us to serve many unfortunate women who are suffering from this dreaded condition and help them to see a new meaning of life, that is without shame and embarrasment, free of endliess pain and suffering, help these women to be finally happy. There is a tremendous need in Bangladesh and we aim to continue with a long partnership with The Fistula Foundation.