The Fistula Foundation
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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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They not only give women their life back, but also their dignity.
The Fistula Foundation is amazing. They do essential work in a culturally sensitive manner, and provide young women with a new lease on life. Their work is cost effective and i believe my donations to be one of the best investments I can make.
Having lived and worked for a year in Africa, specifically Namibia, my husband and I recognized the plight of young women and girls bearing children while still nearly children themselves and the resulting childbirth complication of fistulas. Without a simple surgical procedure to correct this condition, these young women become outcasts to their family and friends, but the Fistula Foundation offers them a cure and a return to a normal life with dignity. We are so grateful that the Fistula Foundation exists as are so many who have, after treatment, gone on to become staff and advisors to other young women in need of care. We are extremely proud supporters of the Fistula Foundation.
Years ago my husband and I were Peace Corps volunteers in Ethiopia and can attest to the very real problem of fistula in a country with such limited access to health care. The stigma associated with either urinary or fecal fistula is very real and very painful to the young women and their families who are affected. The Fistula Foundation has been not only effective but kind and supportive. They have made great strides in preparing more midwives to make access to pre and post natal care more accessible. They are an outstanding organization.
I read about this issue in an article a few years ago in the New York Times and subsequently found out about the important work the Fistula Foundation does to help women with this terrible but resolvable problem. It feels great to know there is an organization that finds solutions to this problem that truly doesn't need to be so pervasive, and I am excited to be able to give, knowing that my small donations go toward real relief.
I immediately started donating to this organization when I first learned about the devastating condition these pregnant women experience with child birth and their lives afterward. No one should have to live their lives this way. In reports I have read, Fistula Foundation uses a great percentage of these donations to directly help these women. I am very pleased that I have found an organization I can feel confident that my donation goes directly to the cause it is intended.
This organization is changing women's lives every day for the better. I am proud to have financially contributed to their efforts and helped to spread the word about their incredible work.
This is an incredibly top notch nonprofit bar none. I have been involved for many years now after being appalled when first reading of this issue which unfortunately, is as much cultural as medical. Thank God there are charities such as this that exist in this world today who operate with true integrity, masterful efficiency and love.
I did comprehensive research of this organization before deciding to set up a monthly payment from my credit card. I think the responses show it is one of the best organizations trying to alleviate probably the most devastating conditions poor women can experience. They keep in touch with a monthly thank you email and periodic mailing of works in progress. Right up there with Doctors w/o Borders for caring and acting.
The work that this foundation does is truly life changing for many unfortunate girls and women. Actually once they are embraced by this organization, I assume they consider themselves the luckiest girls alive.