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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

400 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation is doing vital work for some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I signed up for a monthly donation to the Fistula Foundation several years ago because of the importance of their cause and their efficient use of donor funds. We have the good fortune of living near their Bay Area headquarters, and, since then, my son and I have had the opportunity to meet the team and volunteer there. We've rarely encountered such a smart, passionate, committed group of people. They are the real deal and we feel so blessed to be able to support them in their mission of "changing the world, one woman at a time"!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation does remarkable work. I am proud to be able to support such a transparent and effective organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation is dedicated to providing essential medical care to women who would not receive it otherwise. It started with the very generous efforts of two amazing doctors, and now it has spread its services to women in 28 countries.
I do not donate to many charitable organizations, but I plan to continue financially supporting the Fistula Foundation as long as I possibly can. Bless each and every volunteer and donor!

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is making a difference, and I like that most of my donations go to helping women and not to high overhead and salaries.

Donor

Rating: 5

I like that the head of this organization does not collect a huge salary as a number of charities do. It's a very well run group that does the important task of giving back the life of many women who often have been ostracized because of incontinence since they did not have the proper care in delivery or access to C section. And there are so many who desperately need this corrective surgery.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of this organization for several years and I love what they do. Fistula surgery gives a woman her life back. She may still have issues to combat such as poverty, lack of education, etc., but she regains her bodily integrity and her dignity and is no longer shunned by her family and former friends. It is so important to know that the funds one donates are truly being well used to help another human being to have a better life. That happens when we give to the Fistula Foundation.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

Like many others, I first learned about the Fistula Foundation by way of the writings of Nicholas Kristof. I like the fact that my annual gift is enough to dramatically alter another person's life for the better.

Kees v.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's a long time since I saw a television program about the Fistula Foundation. However, that made such a deep impression that I decided to help. In the Netherlands we say; It's a drop in the ocean. But also, every little bit helps. I know that my money is well spent. Join!

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm an Australian citizen and this is the not for profit based abroad which I have chosen to support. I was so impressed to read (via the foundation) about the critical and hands on role women are taking in building a new gynocare fistula hospital in Kenya. I read thus story and felt proud to be a woman. How deserving are these women whose health and power can be restored by Proper obstetric care. Paula, melbourne

Donor

Rating: 5

After viewing "A Walk to Beautiful" years ago, I have been privileged to support the Fistula Foundation. Each of us CAN reach our goal of making the world a better place.
By giving the gift of one surgery, YOU can actually change a person's life! Think about
the return for your investment - $450 helps a woman alter her future.
The Fistula Foundation does outstanding work across the globe. Thanks to growing forms of communication, more and more people are finding out about this great organization.