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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 31 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: 5,680 women received 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 31 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

587 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm not sure exactly how I learned of this nonprofit, but it was likely via one one of the sites that promotes petitions for the good of people, animals, the planet etc.

I read the stories and thought, this could have happened to me had I not been born and living in a place with decent medical care. The stories of the isolation and the problem itself touched me. These women live with far less than I do in their everyday life.

I learned of the dedicated staff and volunteers at the locations of the clinics and how much work they do with the resources they have. I learned about how far away medical care is for many of these women.

This is one of the nonprofits that I donate to that I know a real human being WILL receive a benefit (a better healthier life and support system-learning she wasn't the only one with this problem) from my donations. I like that. I've been donating off and on for about three years.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about this organization by reading Peter Singer's book 'The Life you Can Save' and have been donating as I can. I am so glad this work is being done, and by such a reputable group. I know I can feel good about where my money is going and how it is being used.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very impressed with Fistula Foundation. This charity is very reputable. I have been donating to Fistula Foundation for over a year. I even get personal thank you letters in the mail, it's really nice of them to make the time and effort to do that.
Thank you for all your work to help women with obstetric fistulas. It's so much more than just a medical problem for these women, they lose their place in their society and culture.
You guys are saving lives, really well done to you all!

Donor

Rating: 5

Fistula Foundation restores full humanity to women who have become isolated through no fault of their own. When a woman (or girl) has brought a new life into the world, and--because of circumstances beyond her control--becomes incontinent from her labor in childbirth, she is no longer welcome to be with other people. She stinks. Human beings cannot be fully human when they are isolated. Fistula Foundation restores women to full humanity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to the Fistula Foundation for years. They do wonderful work, spend funds wisely, and are excellent at communicating with donors.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe deeply in what Kate Grant and the Fistula Foundation are doing for women. Nicholas Kristof opened my eyes to this foundation in 2006 with one of his columns and I have been giving continually when I can. I have received lovely notes of thanks, handwritten, and incredible updates on how specific women in various countries, whose lives would otherwise be ruined, are able to have the relatively inexpensive surgery and makes lives for themselves and their children.

Donor

Rating: 5

I saw a documentary about the women who are saved by the Fistula Foundation. I was so angry to see these women shunned for a medical condition that they had no control over causing or coping with. In no other charity that I support, is there such a quick fix and complete life change for the recipients. I encourage everyone I know to support this wonderful organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about The Fistula Foundation (and its cause) through a mailing. I read the contents and cried. I had no idea how many women, and their families world wide are effected by Fistula. The Fistula Foundation makes a difference in every country they visit. They work to train surgeons, doctors & health care workers. They build or supply facilities, educate and most importantly they reach women in need. They give women their lives back.
I give what I can monthly and read every newletter they send.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Fistula foundation since 2011 and have been continually amazed by the service and communication they provide. Every newsletter is an exciting celebration in true impact for women and families!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting The Fistula Foundation since I learned of them from watching Louis C.K. compete for them on Jeopardy!. In return I receive very thoughtful letters expressing gratitude of Foundation members and informative newsletters with pictures of those who are being helped. The Foundation also produces short videos documenting their progress for a YouTube channel. Watching those makes me feel really good about helping these people do what they do.