The Fistula Foundation
Rating: 4.95 stars 456 456 reviews
1922 The Alameda Suite 302 San Jose CA 95126 USA
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.
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.
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.
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.
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We are the US based sister organization of CCBRT in Tanzania - one of the largest providers of comprehensive fistula treatment in East Africa. Fistula Foundation provides incredible support and resources, and they are always willing to share their knowledge. Their partnership has enabled us to improve the lives of thousands of women; we're stronger and more effective because of the work they are doing, and the work they are supporting.
As a fistula surgeon having worked in over a dozen African countries I have frequently come across projects funded by the fistula foundation. I can say from experience the money goes to projects on the ground to make a real impact on fistula repairs and the lives of countless Women. As well as supporting surgeons work they are actively supporting education programs for safe motherhood promotion.
I rate the organisation very highly.
I first read about the Fistula Foundation in the book "Half the Sky". Even as a physician who chose to practice as a home birth midwife, I was unaware of such birth injuries as fistulas. If a labor wasn't progressing, we transferred to a nearby hospital.
I have donated to the Fistula Foundation for over ten years. It supports truly life changing treatment for so many women in so many countries, isolated and outcast by their birth injuries. It thrills me to be able to contribute to actually giving a new life to a woman in need.
This foundation provides a service that most women in the Western world would not even understand: my support for the foundation is given because i believe that women around the world can support each other. I work in the area of obstetrics and women's health and the long term effects of fistula are devastating... but so is the effect of simple surgery and recovery. let's help to change lives for good
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Some years ago I worked as a consultant to the Fistula Foundation, helping Kate Grant increase the effectiveness of the organization's fundraising activities. Afterwards, I continued to advise Kate from time to time on fundraising and governance. Recently I agreed to join the board of directors -- because I am so very impressed with the effectiveness and the efficiency of the organization's operations. I've worked with hundreds of nonprofits over the years. The Fistula Foundation is one of the most impressive organizations I've ever come across.
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As a pelvic health physiotherapist, I have treated only a few women with obstetric fistula because it is relatively rare here in Canada. however this devastating, but treatable, condition is so prevalent in certain parts of the world where women are so vulnerable in so many ways. This charity helps to provide the care for these women to save their lives from unthinkable pain, disability and ostracization. The communication from this organization is sensitive and respectful. I received a postcard personally signed by the fistula surgeon in Kenya to thank me for my donation. I fully support the work of the Fistula Foundation.
Many thanks for the great help, a very special thanks to Kate Grant and the entire team of Fistula Foundation.
Everyone at Kathmandu Model Hospital thanked Fistula Foundation for the funds and greatly appreciated their help very much.
Fistula foundation’s help means a lot for all of us here at phect-NEPAL in general and at Kathmandu Model Hospital in particular.
They are doing excellent charity works in the developing world to reduce the sufferings of our helpless women.
I first learned about FF from an article in the SJMercury. It was the first I had ever heard of this injury and an excellent education on fistula and the life impact for those on earth with so little. The article promulgated me into the need to educate others and spread the word about FF.
The ability of FF to bring world leaders in the repair of obstetrical fistula to the remote bedside of an injured woman and to repair her life for $60 is phenomenal.
Living in the neighborhood of FF HQ, I give my time when ever they call. The work they do is God's work.
It was during the launch of Fistula Foundation and Astellas partnership in Nairobi that I noted the amazing work done by the foundation to help hundreds of women access appropriate treatment for fistula. The inspiring and dedicated individuals like Dr. Mabeya and Kate Grant who have put smiles back to thousands of women who had been devastated by obstetric fistula. Keep up the good work and we the advocates of the end fistula campaign shall always be available to offer whatever support needed from us.
I stated my role as a professional with expertise in this field. I am a professional because I am a registered nurse. I am an expert in this field because after a difficult delivery of my first daughter I developed a recto-vaginal fistula...so, I had first hand experience with a suffering shame.
That was thirty-seven years ago, I lived in Vermont at that time...I was blessed with a husband and family to support me and went on to have a successful surgery with a truly gifted physician. Mine is a story of gratitude.
When I came across the Fistula Foundation I was overwhelmed because my sympathy for these young girls and women is deeply intense.
This foundation deserves every star I gave it and more.
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