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Causes: Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: The Worldwide Fistula Fund is an incubator, funder, and promoter of innovative solutions to improve global women’s reproductive health. The Worldwide Fistula Fund supports research, treatment, prevention, and social service programs directed at obstetric fistula and related maladies, with a special emphasis on improving the capacity of low-resource countries to meet these health care needs.

Results: Women receive Life-Changing Surgery at Danja Fistula Center in Niger and at Referral Hospitals in Uganda. WFF identifies and transports women to fistula surgery performed by Expert Fistula Surgeons. WFF offers Recovery and Ongoing Support to women including comprehensive post-operative care, meals, counseling, and integrated physical therapy overseen by WFF’s Rehabilitation Advisory Council. Women participate in Education and Vocational Skills Training in literacy and health , as well as embroidery , handcrafting jewelry, catering and more. WFF also launched the Women’s Empowerment Center in Uganda in collaboration with TERREWODE. WFF supports Advocacy and Support Groups by providing ongoing counseling, as well as connecting survivors to local survivor groups. WFF improves global women’s reproductive health and childbrith safety through capacity building in low-resource countries to meet women’s health care needs. WFF provides Expert OB-GYN Training through our enhanced OB-GYN residency training program, Mekelle Medical Education Collaboration, and our specialized Urogynecology Fellowship training program, both launched in partnership with and at Mekelle University in Ethiopia. WFF funds Community Health Advocate Training where community members learn to raise fistula awareness and to encourage giving birth in health centers.

Target demographics: women suffering from childbirth unjuries

Direct beneficiaries per year: 550

Geographic areas served: sub-Saharan Africa

Programs: Danja Fistula Center, Niger Women's Empowerment Center, Uganda Mekelle Medical Education Collaboration, Ethiopia

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've done some copywriting work and some volunteer work for the Worldwide Fistula Fund, and I will continue to offer my services. It's a great organization working to prevent and treat obstetric fistula all over the world, but especially in Danja, Niger, a place where most women deliver their babies in their homes with little or no medical support. Some of those women suffer obstetric fistulas, which cause them to leak urine and/or feces from their vagina. This is a horrible, debilitating condition that sometimes results in these women being shunned by their communities, left alone. The Danja Fistula Center repairs these fistulas, for free, for all of its patients, some of whom walk or travel hundreds of miles to get there. The services provided by WFF in Danja change the lives of these women in profound and lasting ways. I'm proud to be a supporter and a fan of this organization's vital work.