WORLDWIDE FISTULA FUND INC

Rating: 4.94 stars   34 reviews

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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
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Rating: 5 stars  

The work that WorldWide Fistula Fund provides so many women around the world with care they desperately need and Dr. Wall and his team never give up. The ongoing awareness and education that the foundation provides is bringing the local providers the necessary skills to heal their communities and bring much needed services to those in need. One can trust that the organization is leading the pack with fighting the challenges of Child/Maternal Health and is a worthy cause to support.

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Obstetric fistula is practically unheard of in the developed world, but it is estimated that 2 million or more women in developing countries live with the consequences. WFF is one of the organizations working tirelessly to raise awareness of fistula and to offer treatment to women who are affected, not only the necessary surgery, but also the rehabilitation and support required to return them to their homes and families.

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I have followed the progress of this organization for many years and have been impressed by its steady development. They were able to build a functioning fistula hospital in the world's poorest country (Niger) which is no small feat! They have supported advocacy, research and public awareness at national and international meetings and have been a consistent presence in the fistula world for nearly 20 years. WFF is actually the oldest charity in the United States devoted to work on obstetric fistula. I have seen their work firsthand. It is a good organization which continues to grow.

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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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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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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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