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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 3 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can not think of one way their work could be improved upon.

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Life-changing

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2013

 
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The Fistula Foundation has helped the Edna Adan University Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland, to complete and equip our operating Theatres. Once this was done, we started to provide surgical repair for the women who needed it. The surgeon was provided by the Fistula Foundation who also covered the cost involved. There are now many women who have been repaired and who are 'dry' and able to lead a normal life. Some have returned to their husbands and have come back to our prenatalclinic for follow upof their pregnancy ! This is the greatest gift we can give to the women who have suffered this terrible and humiliating condition that is an obstetrical Fistula. On behalf of the women who have been repaired and on behalf of our hospital, I wish to express our since appreciation for your support for the Fistula Foundation and for our strong partneshipto help humanity. Edna Adan Ismail, Founder of Edna Adan University Hospital.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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I have just returned from Western Kenya where I was able to witness, first hand, the women who have been repaired at Gynocare through One By One. The Fistula Foundation has enabled One By One to offer many more surgeries this year. Thank you to the Fistula Foundation on behalf of the women and girls being helped to regain their lives.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am president of the Board of One by One at www.fightfistula.org. Fistula Foundation helps fund the fistula repairs we do at our Fistula Care Clinic, Gynocare, in western Kenya. Fistula Foundation pays for the fistula surgery and care, and we identify new fistula patients, provide transportation to Gynocare, and train repaired fistula survivors to teach their communities about fistula and its causes. These Regional Representatives also identify new fistula patients for treatment. We also have fistula educational programs in schools in Kenya. Working with FistulaFoundation has has made it possible to repair over 240 women so far this year and transform their lives. Great cause!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Fistula Foundation has emerged as a dynamic, resourceful, creative funder in obstetric fistula, a condition suffered by the most marginalized and underserved women in the world. As a clinical insider, this organization continues to impress me with their efficient, respectful use of donor funds matched only by their skill at ascertaining and supporting programs and centres that mirror these results for the greatest good of the women served.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I was born to missionary parents in Ethiopia and so have a very soft spot for the Country and her people.
Here, in North America, I am an Obstetrical nurse and so know first hand of all the health care luxuries we take for granted. We have clean beds, sheets, food, medicine, 24 hour Anesthesia coverage for pain relief, 24 hour Obstetrical care, pads, showers, and a call bell to ask for help.

Compare this to an Ethiopian woman who walks for days, eyes downcast in humiliation , to seek medical help.

I give monthly because I do not want to disappoint her.
Others are doing the hands on work in Ethiopia but I know they need funds and that is my part.
I know many of the places where the clinics are being built around the country, and am impressed with the foresight to staff it with capable Ethiopians. I have seen the original Hospital in Addis.
All in all I am proud to be working with the Fistula Foundation.

Grace Donald (since 2006)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Viewing their movie "A walk to Beautiful".

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Somehow appeal to women more--for help.

 
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Aira Hospital in Ethiopia received financial support from The Fistula Foundation to provide free surgical treatment of women with obstetrical fistulas. The support has had an imediate and profound impact on our fistula service, a tremedous help for the hospital and the suffering women with fistulas.
The Fistula Foundation has a straight forward and no nonsense approach without a lot of red tapes. A God sent NGO!
The Fistula Foundation and its dedicated staff has my most profound respect.

Dr Erik Erichsen
Senior surgeon
Aira Hospital
Ethiopia

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Ethiopia

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Change nothing

 
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The Fistula Foundation is a non profit whose work far exceeds a charge to do good; this is a charge for change on a global stage. When you learn about fistula, you cannot forget it. It haunts you. It pulls at your soul, to take up the charge and help in the fight to heal and regain dignity and to be alive in the world again.

Have you heard the story of Mahabouba Mohammed? In 2003, Nicholas Kristof, wrote about Mahabouba in his New York Times article:”Alone and Ashamed.” Today, I saw Mahabouba’s story through the eyes of Dr. Sr. Priscilla Busigye at the Maternal Deaths & Fistula Multi-Religious Forum:Faith Securing Maternal Health hosted by Religions for Peace and the United Nations Foundation. I listened with tears in my eyes to a child’s story of horror and an unbreakable spirit. I then reached out to the Fistula Foundation to become educated on this dreadful illness and they provided me with expert advice and a charge to help them in their efforts to eradicate this dreadful suffering.

As the executive director of the Salus Foundation, (a nonprofit founded to educate and help poor girls and their families) I learned through the conference and most importantly through the education of the Fistula Foundation about this dreadful suffering. Fistula which reduces the poor to the lowest unimaginable depths, must and should be eradicated.

The Fistula Foundation is world class in their commitment and work to work to eradicate this curable suffering. They must and should be supported by all of us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through pictures and testimonials of those who are dedicated to the eradication of Fistula and those who have suffered.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would provide them with all the resources needed to eradicate Fistula in world wide.

 
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