WORLDWIDE FISTULA FUND INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   34 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 1100 E. Woodfield Road Suite 350 Schaumburg IL 60173 USA

Mission: The Worldwide Fistula Fund is a non-profit organization that provides exceptional health care services for women suffering from and at risk of obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa.
Results: In February 2012, the Worldwide Fistula Fund opened the doors of our new fistula hospital in Danja, Niger. The Danja Fistula Center not only offers a comprehensive range of short- and long-term services to women suffering from fistula but also functions as a training and research center for medical professionals. Over the coming years, the WFF hopes to advance the message of hope and healing by replicating this Center in other developing nations around the world.
Target demographics: women suffering from or at risk of obstetric fistula
Direct beneficiaries per year: 200
Geographic areas served: Niger and northern Nigeria
Programs: Danja Fistula Center, Niger
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had opportunity to volunteer as a nurse with WFF before the Danja Fistula Hospital was up and running. During that time we operated on 10 women and it was such a joy to be a part of their healing process! Many women have been rejected by husbands and families and are often cast out of their communities. At Danja, they quickly make friends with the other women. As nurses we made sure to hold hands, hug, and dance with these ladies. Some of them hadn't been touched by another person for years. WFF helps provide not only physical healing through surgery, but also emotional healing. You should see the celebrations we have during a dress ceremony which is a time of dancing, singing, and thanksgiving after the women have a successful surgery and are dry! WFF helps provide life skills to the women, and also helps train local nurses and other personnel in fistula care. Both of these activities help empower and educate local Nigeriens which is crucial for helping stop the cycle of obstetric fistula. I strongly support WFF and hope to one day be able to volunteer again at the Danja Fistula Hospital.

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Life-changing

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2010

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I was moved by one of Nicholas Kristof's articles in the New York Times to make a contribution to this extremely worthy organization, and am delighted to continue to support their important work. These are the most forgotten of women whose lives are being restored by the dedicated professionals who work with the Fund. God bless them all.

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What a tremendous cause...and they are really making a difference.

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As the father and stepfather of 4 beautiful adult women, I learned of the Worldwide Fistula Fund by reading the Kristofs' "Half the Sky" and was horrified to learn of the abusive reality under which so many African women have been forced to live. I have been deeply moved by the work of the Fund and have asked my own family members as well as friends to consider a donation to this organization. There is no reason that ANY woman anywhere should be subject to such abuse. As Nicholas and Sheryl have pointed out, women comprise the largest group of humans to suffer discrimination and ill treatment simply because of who they are. We can make no progress toward universal human rights unless 50% of the human race is included in our mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came to know of Worldwide Fistula Fund organization via Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book - Half the Sky. The organization is one of a few organizations that is dedicated to help women with obstetric fistula. in most cases, treatment is simple with positive life-changing impact for these women. I quote and believe "Women are the cornerstone of the family and in the bigger picture they're what animates society every single day. Women need to be well, and they need to want to be well in order to ensure that those bigger pieces work." - Dr. Jane Dimer, GHC. I know my donation is well spent for a worthy cause. Thank you for your hard work and dedication, WWF staff and volunteers!

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In September, 2012, I joined the team at the Danja Fistula Center as a physician learning fistula repairs. I have dedicated my career to the care, education and empowerment of girls and women. The Worldwide Fistula Fund which operates the Center is visionary, and everyone I worked with was passionate about raising the level of consciousness and care around fistulas. The Center cares for the girls and women in a holistic manner which is truly unique. As impressive as the care delivered is, the team is also dedicated to the prevention of obstetric fistulas. This is the true difference between this and other fistula Centers. The Worldwide Fistula Fund shines a light on the value of girls and women. I will return to Danja.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Worldwide Fistula Fund operates the Danja Fistula Center, one of only a handful of dedicated fistula hospitals in the world. During the two weeks I visited the hospital in September with a team of medical and administrative staff and volunteers, 24 women had surgery to repair an obstetric fistula. Many of them had been ostracized by their families because of their condition and others had had multiple failed surgeries in sub-standard clinics. Here they received excellent care by a skilled medical team. It was a privilege to be with these lovely and brave women, and I took great comfort in knowing that the Worldwide Fistula Fund was changing their lives. This is an organization that is making a tremendous difference.

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The Worldwide Fistula Fund steps up to provide invaluable help to arguably the most disenfranchised women in the world. Against the odds, it has built an incredible hospital on the border of Niger and Nigeria that provides free service for any girl or woman afflicted by obstetric fistula - a horrible condition that ruins lives and tears families asunder. The WFF has collected a team of the most respected clinical practitioners in the world to battle this condition and also works to raise awareness of safe birthing practices within affected communities to prevent the injury from ever occurring. There is perhaps no other charitable contribution one could make that has such an immediate and important effect as saving a woman from a lifetime of misery. The average price of this surgery is just a few hundred dollars...yet millions of women continue to needlessly suffer. The time to end this is now. It is an incredibly worthwhile cause and a wonderful organization.

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I have done some media work for WWF and love what the company stands for. Unlike other nonprofits, WWF continually keeps the public and donors informed on what's going on and the progress being made. They are clearly making a difference in women's international health.

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I've been the volunteer anaesthesia provider at Danja Fistula Center for two months now. Working with WFF has done for my career exactly what it needed - a reinvigoration with enthusiasm through partaking in meaningful work. The long-term team are obviously dedicated and driven to deliver a holistic soution to obstetric fistulae. This is not just 'another third world facility', but a hospital that offers a high-standard service whilst being culturally sensitive. I have been very well supported by the US office.

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2012

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