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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, International, International Development, Specifically Named Diseases

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: 5,076 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.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had no idea this was a problem still (in the 21st century). We can and must do better for women worldwide who are physically impacted by childbirth, especially when the solution is relatively simple.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization helping women affected by fistula in the developing world to get their lives back.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization works very hard to make sure every penny goes to proper & right use; they don't waste hard-working people's donation dollars on excess advertising & a bunch of percs & bonuses given out to president, board members, etc. Unlike the HSUS, the American Cancer Society and many others, the Fistula Foundation isn't missing any "misplaced" donation money. You can rest assured your donations go towards helping & healing the way they're supposed to. The Fistula Foundation isn't nearly as well-known as many other organizations which is a shame since they're one of the best ways your donations can truly make a real difference in the lives of all the people they help.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The critical services provided by the Fistula Foundation are premier in type and quality. The all-encompassing implications of women suffering with fistula-related health issues cannot be understated. The Fistula Foundation provides a global voice and specialized care for those who would otherwise be forgotten, neglected and/or ostracized. I utilize Facebook and other public media to share The Fistula Foundation's work. In addition, I confidently include The Fistula Foundation in my yearly giving budget, assured (via their monthly newsletters) that their unique efforts (in collaboration with other humanitarian organizations) are of priceless value to the physical, social and spiritual well-being of the strong and valuable ladies for whom they provide care. Thank you to The Fistula Foundation and it's original founders for seeing such a distinctive need and for providing even more distinctive care.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Fistula Foundation serves a community of women who would otherwise remain forgotten, neglected and suffering. I heard about this foundation through "Half the Sky" and was amazed (and saddened) that I had never before heard of such severe conditions surrounding the lives, community and health of these precious and deserving females. May the Fistula Foundation grow in support and effecacy so that the number of women enduring such experiences diminishes to non-existance.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have made monthly contributions to the Fistula Foundation for a number of years. Before signing up I researched the Foundation and found its ratings superb. I have not been disappointed, and feel the foundation is beyond superb. I say this not only because the work they do is so important and critical to relieve women's suffering, but also because the management of the Fistula Foundation is beyond reproach. A year ago I received a pleasant surprise from the Foundation. It was a beautiful certificate saying that my contributions had added up to payment for surgery for a woman in their care.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned of this nonprofit through a PBS documentary and was absolutely amazed at the wonderful work they do and the life-saving services they provide. I immediately posted a link on my own website urging people to visit their site and donate whatever they can (every little bit helps) to this most worthy organization.

Chris Sanchez

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have donated to The Fistula Foundation a couple of times. I really love this cause,and feel like it makes a huge difference in many young girls and women's lives. I love all the updates that are sent and really wish I had more to donate. This is a wonderful cause, fantastic group of individuals who are making a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Fistula Foundation gives care, relief and renewal to women who would otherwise suffer social/cultural stigmatization and lifelong physical suffering from this treatable condition. I learned about the foundation when I was researching non-profits that helped underserved women. I continue donating to Fistula Foundation because I know that my giving is directly relieving the suffering of other women and because my dollars are being spent wisely.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Years ago I saw the plight of those poor women on Oprah Show and was so very moved, My wife and I donate every month to this wonderful foundation, We believe it is so very worthy of all our support to make better lives for those suffering women.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't know any other cause that so tears at your heart. Can you imagine that the experience that should be one of the most joyful in your life turns into a horror. Dead baby, ruined elimination, ostracism from your family and friends. Yes, this tragedy could be avoided if society would change, but in the meantime, the fistula foundation is redeeming the lives of so many women. And the need is still overwhelming. These are such dedicated and responsible people. I totally support their efforts. This is the only charity outside my church that I support. God bless!

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Donor

Rating: 5

These women with fistula tear my heart out. So ostracized and shamed for something that is not their fault. See "Walk to Beautiful". Although we would hope that this problem could be eradicated some day just by better maternity care and better treatment of women, nevertheless in the meanwhile I cannot think of any cause so worthy. Thank God this foundation is reaching out to these women in such need.